Embracing iterations in Quantum software: a vision

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Khan, Arif Ali, Fahmideh, Mahdi, Ahmad, Aakash, Waseem, Muhammad, Niazi, Mahmood, Lahtinen, Valtteri and Mikkonen, Tommi. 2022. "Embracing iterations in Quantum software: a vision." 1st International Workshop on Quantum Programming for Software Engineering (QP4SE 2022). Singapore 18 - 18 Nov 2022 United States. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3549036.3562057
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Embracing iterations in Quantum software: a vision

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsKhan, Arif Ali, Fahmideh, Mahdi, Ahmad, Aakash, Waseem, Muhammad, Niazi, Mahmood, Lahtinen, Valtteri and Mikkonen, Tommi
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Quantum Programming for Software Engineering (QP4SE 2022)
Journal Citationpp. 11-14
Number of Pages4
Year2022
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISBN9781450394581
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1145/3549036.3562057
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3549036.3562057
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3549036
Conference/Event1st International Workshop on Quantum Programming for Software Engineering (QP4SE 2022)
Event Details
1st International Workshop on Quantum Programming for Software Engineering (QP4SE 2022)
Delivery
In person
Event Date
18 to end of 18 Nov 2022
Event Location
Singapore
Event Venue
National University of Singapore
Abstract

In today’s software engineering, iterations, affordable en masse, form an important part of just about any system. However, not all computing resources are cheap to consume. In High-Performance (HPC) and Quantum Computing (QC), executions can consume considerable amounts of energy and time, which is reserved and used even if the very first steps in the process fail. This means that developers must assume a different attitude towards programming, and aim at error-free software before its execution. This is commonly facilitated using simulators, which are commonplace for both HPC and QC. However the fashion developers advance from one tool to another is ad-hoc, with no established software engineering guidelines, and the final step from simulators to HPC/QC is still a leap of faith, comparable to releasing software. In this paper, we propose a vision where developers can iterate in an agile fashion when developing quantum software. The iterations are defined such that when the solution is still vague in the beginning, computations are interactive and provide instant feedback, thus supporting conceptualization of the software and experimenting with new ideas. When the solution becomes more precise, more expensive computations such as quantum algorithm and hyperparameter optimization are executed in batches.

KeywordsQuantum software engineering; Quantum IDE; Quantum Computing
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460905. Information systems development methodologies and practice
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Oulu, Finland
University of Southern Queensland
Lancaster University Leipzig, Germany
Wuhan University, China
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Quanscient Oy, Finland
University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
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