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The First Intuitive Programming Language for Quantum Computers

By ETH Zurich

June 17, 2020

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Computer scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have created the first intuitive high-level quantum programming language, a coding mechanism that they say is as simple, reliable, and as safe as classical computer languages.

ETH Zurich's Benjamin Bichsel described Silq as a programming language keyed toward the mindset of programmers when they want to solve a problem, rather than on hardware construction and functionality.

Silq's most significant advancement is its ability to automatically identify and delete intermediate or temporary values that are no longer needed, a process called uncomputation, using only programming commands that lack any special quantum operations.

ETH Zurich's Martin Vechev said, "Silq is a major breakthrough in terms of optimizing the programming of quantum computers; it is not the final phase of development."

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