Quantum Volume in Practice: What Users Can Expect From NISQ Devices

Quantum volume (QV) has become the de-facto standard benchmark to quantify the capability of noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) devices. While QV values are often reported by NISQ providers for their systems, we perform our own series of QV calculations on 24 NISQ devices currently offered by IBM Q, IonQ, Rigetti, Oxford Quantum Circuits, and Quantinuum […]

A Hardware-Aware Heuristic for the Qubit Mapping Problem in the NISQ Era

Due to several physical limitations in the realization of quantum hardware, today’s quantum computers are qualified as noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) hardware. NISQ hardware is characterized by a small number of qubits (50 to a few hundred) and noisy operations. Moreover, current realizations of superconducting quantum chips do not have the ideal all-to-all connectivity between […]

Experimental Characterization, Modeling, and Analysis of Crosstalk in a Quantum Computer

In this article, we present the experimental characterization of crosstalk in quantum information processor using idle tomography and simultaneous randomized benchmarking. We quantify both “quantum” and “classical” crosstalk in the device and analyze quantum circuits considering crosstalk. We show that simulation considering only gate-error deviates from experimental results up to 27%, whereas simulation considering both […]

Decoding Quantum Error Correction Codes With Local Variation

In this article, we investigate the role of local information in the decoding of the repetition and surface error correction codes for the protection of quantum states. Our key result is an improvement in resource efficiency when local information is taken into account during the decoding process: the code distance associated with a given logical […]