Summer 2021 - CMPT 409 D100

Special Topics in Theoretical Computing Science (3)

Intro to Quantum Computing

Class Number: 3342

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 16, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 307 with a minimum grade of C-.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Current topics in theoretical computing science depending on faculty and student interest.

COURSE DETAILS:

This is an intermediate-level course in Quantum Computing with an emphasis on quantum algorithms. Course objectives include a thorough review of quantum mechanics and the basics of quantum computing (students who have not taken either of these subjects will be okay since PHYS 285 is only suggested as a prerequisite); understanding the relationship between classical circuits and quantum circuits (qubits, the Bloch sphere, quantum gates, etc.) and the requisite applied mathematics; fundamental theorems underlying quantum computing (Church-Turing, quantum threshold theorem, no-go theorems, adiabatic theorem, etc.) and the setting within the theory of computation (BQP, QMA and QCMA); understanding the best currently known quantum algorithms (i.e., Deutsch–Jozsa, Grover’s, Shor’s, Fourier, etc.). Also, error correcting codes and fault tolerant quantum computing will be covered in fair detail including the Knill-LaFlamme theorem. The principal aim of this course is to implement quantum algorithms on virtual quantum computers such as the IBM Q Experience (Quskit), Rigetti pyquil and D-Wave’s Leap. The only prerequisite is linear algebra - students without CMPT 307 can enroll with a waiver. Also, PHYS 285 is suggested but not mandatory. I REPEAT - CS STUDENTS WILL NOT BE AT A DISADVANTAGE WITH ONLY A STRONG BACKGROUND IN LINEAR ALGEBRA.

Grading

NOTES:

TBA in class.

Materials

RECOMMENDED READING:

  • An Introduction to Quantum Computing, Phillip Kaye Raymond Laflamme Michele Mosca, Oxford University Press,

ISBN: 9780198570004

Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SUMMER 2021

Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).