Efficient Construction of Functional Representations for Quantum Algorithms


Due to the significant progress made in the implementation of quantum hardware, efficient methods and tools to design corresponding algorithms become increasingly important. Many of these tools rely on functional representations of certain building blocks or even entire quantum algorithms which, however, inherently exhibit an exponential complexity. Although several alternative representations have been proposed to cope with this complexity, the construction of those representations remains a bottleneck. In this work, we propose solutions for efficiently constructing representations of quantum functionality based on the idea of conducting as many operations as possible on as small as possible intermediate representations – using Decision Diagrams as a representative functional description. Experimental evaluations show that applying these solutions allows to construct the desired representations several factors faster than with state-of-the-art methods. Moreover, if repeating structures (which frequently occur in quantum algorithms) are explicitly exploited, exponential improvements are possible – allowing to construct the functionality of certain algorithms within seconds, whereas the state of the art fails to construct it in an entire day.

In Conference on Reversible Computation
Lukas Burgholzer
Lukas Burgholzer
PhD Student

My research interests include design automation for quantum computing, decision diagrams, and in particular equivalence checking of quantum circuits