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Quantum Computing Concepts: Towards a new Programming Paradigm

19 de November del 2020

On November 18th our colleague Manuel Serrano gave a seminar at Brunel University (UK) about quantum computing concepts.

At the beginning of the last century, the basis of "quantum mechanics" was established by many exceptional scientists, such as Einstein, Schrödinger, Heisenberg or Pauli. This theory describes the behavior of nature on subatomic levels (photons, electrons, etc.).

In 1982, Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman asked, "What kind of computer are we going to use to simulate physics? This is how the idea of quantum computing was born.

Quantum computers attempt to use several "counter-intuitive" principles such as overlapping (objects can be in different states at the same time) and entanglement (objects can be deeply connected without any direct physical interaction) in the effort to provide greater computing speed.

We can now use quantum computers and take advantage of their enormous computing power to solve problems that are considered very difficult for the "classic" computers of today and tomorrow. This new computing paradigm has a lot of direct applications, and many other potentials. For example, applications include economics, chemistry, medicine, logistics, energy, and agriculture. All of the above applications will not be achieved with quantum computers alone; these applications require quantum software.

In this seminar, the fundamental quantum concepts are presented, with special emphasis on those that should be known by those who wish to start approaching the world of Quantum Software Engineering and Programming. This seminar offers an interesting "tour" of quantum concepts such as Quantum Mechanics, Qubits, Hilbert Space and Quantum Circuits.

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