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The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Using Pygsti for Quantum Processor Characterization and Benchmarking

Workshop:First International Workshop on Quantum Computing Software

Authors: Erik Nielsen, Timothy Proctor, Kenneth Rudinger, Kevin Young, and Robin Blume-Kohout (Sandia National Laboratories)

Abstract: Pygsti is a software package built to assess the performance of quantum computing processors. It implements algorithms organized into a variety of quantum characterization, verification, and validation (QCVV) protocols. These protocols are applied to as-built quantum processors by executing a prescribed set of circuits on the processor and analyzing the resulting data. We outline pygsti’s structure and demonstrate how it can help users assess and understand the sources of imperfection in a quantum processor.

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