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Title: XACC: a system-level software infrastructure for heterogeneous quantum–classical computing

Abstract

Quantum programming techniques and software have advanced significantly over the past five years, with a majority focusing on high-level language frameworks targeting remote REST library APIs. As quantum computing architectures advance and become more widely available, lower-level, system software infrastructures will be needed to enable tighter, co-processor programming and access models. In this work, we present XACC, a system-level software infrastructure for quantum–classical computing that promotes a service-oriented architecture to expose interfaces for core quantum programming, compilation, and execution tasks. Additionally, we detail XACC's interfaces, their interactions, and its implementation as a hardware-agnostic framework for both near-term and future quantum–classical architectures. We provide concrete examples demonstrating the utility of this framework with paradigmatic tasks. Our approach lays the foundation for the development of compilers, associated runtimes, and low-level system tools tightly integrating quantum and classical workflows.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)
OSTI Identifier:
1649455
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Quantum Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2058-9565
Publisher:
IOPscience
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING

Citation Formats

McCaskey, Alexander J., Lyakh, Dmitry I., Dumitrescu, Eugene F., Powers, Sarah S., and Humble, Travis S. XACC: a system-level software infrastructure for heterogeneous quantum–classical computing. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. https://doi.org/10.1088/2058-9565/ab6bf6.
McCaskey, Alexander J., Lyakh, Dmitry I., Dumitrescu, Eugene F., Powers, Sarah S., & Humble, Travis S. XACC: a system-level software infrastructure for heterogeneous quantum–classical computing. United States. https://doi.org/10.1088/2058-9565/ab6bf6
McCaskey, Alexander J., Lyakh, Dmitry I., Dumitrescu, Eugene F., Powers, Sarah S., and Humble, Travis S. Tue . "XACC: a system-level software infrastructure for heterogeneous quantum–classical computing". United States. https://doi.org/10.1088/2058-9565/ab6bf6. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1649455.
@article{osti_1649455,
title = {XACC: a system-level software infrastructure for heterogeneous quantum–classical computing},
author = {McCaskey, Alexander J. and Lyakh, Dmitry I. and Dumitrescu, Eugene F. and Powers, Sarah S. and Humble, Travis S.},
abstractNote = {Quantum programming techniques and software have advanced significantly over the past five years, with a majority focusing on high-level language frameworks targeting remote REST library APIs. As quantum computing architectures advance and become more widely available, lower-level, system software infrastructures will be needed to enable tighter, co-processor programming and access models. In this work, we present XACC, a system-level software infrastructure for quantum–classical computing that promotes a service-oriented architecture to expose interfaces for core quantum programming, compilation, and execution tasks. Additionally, we detail XACC's interfaces, their interactions, and its implementation as a hardware-agnostic framework for both near-term and future quantum–classical architectures. We provide concrete examples demonstrating the utility of this framework with paradigmatic tasks. Our approach lays the foundation for the development of compilers, associated runtimes, and low-level system tools tightly integrating quantum and classical workflows.},
doi = {10.1088/2058-9565/ab6bf6},
journal = {Quantum Science and Technology},
number = 2,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {2}
}

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