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How to Get Started in Quantum Computing

By Nature

March 3, 2021

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For those who want to see what the fuss is about, a growing collection of online tutorials, programming languages, and simulators are making it easier than ever to dip their toes into quantum computing.

Several online guides build up from the basics. Physicist Michael Nielsen and software engineer Andy Matuschak have produced a walk-through resource called Quantum Computing for the Very Curious. IBM has created an interactive toolkit to accompany its Qiskit quantum language.

For scientists who want to wrap their heads around quantum circuits, IBM Quantum Experience allows users to drag and drop logic gates to create circuits in a web browser and run them remotely on a real quantum computer.

Microsoft, IBM and Google have all created tools — Q#, Qiskit, and Cirq, respectively — that draw heavily on the Python programming language, and have built user-friendly development environments with ample documentation to help coders get started.

Rigetti Computing has released a quantum-software development kit called Forest, and Cambridge Quantum Computing has launched tket.

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