Microsoft releases its quantum simulator, Liquid


Tech giants like Microsoft and Google have been researching on quantum computing for a while now. The field of quantum computing is really fascinating, and Microsoft has been focusing on this field for three years now. Recently, the company released its quantum simulator on GitHub. The software giant is calling it the Language-Integrated Quantum Operations (LIQUi|>) simulator, and as you may expect, this isn’t made for your average Joe.

LIQUi|> is a software architecture and toolsuite for quantum computing. It is currently being developed and will include programming languages, optimization and scheduling algorithms, and quantum simulators. Ultimately, LIQUi|> will be used to translate a quantum algorithm written in the form of a high-level program into the low-level machine instructions for a quantum device. LIQUi|> is being developed by the Quantum Architectures and Computation Group (QuArC).

Liquid currently includes three simulators, which are available right now on GitHub:

  • A full state vector simulator that tracks the detailed evolution of the quantum state
  • A stabilizer simulator based on CHP (Aaronson and Gottesman)
  • A highly-optimized full state vector simulator for fermionic Hamiltonians

If you want to find more info about Liquid, you can head over to Microsoft Research. Alternatively, you can find the GitHub repository for Liquid here.