A native quantum program for a photonic processor will be much different from a native gate-based program written for superconducting, ion trap, or other quantum modalities. On the other hand, there is already an extensive code back of quantum code that has been written in Qiskit and one other gate-based programming platforms that might benefit from being able to run on a photonic processor. Photonic technology may have some advantages over the other modes because these processors can run at room temperature and are less effected by the external environment which can harm the quality of the calculations. In order to provide another a path for users to try out a photonic processor, Quandela has introduced a “connector” that can take a program written in one of the third party quantum programming framework such as Qiskit and convert it to a photonic version that can run with Quandela’s open source Perceval framework. Perceval allows a user to design and simulate a photonic quantum program. Currently, Perceval supports a photonic quantum simulator with a choice of four different algorithms as a backend. It will also support Quandela’s six qubit photonic processor slated to be available in the cloud in the autumn of 2022. For more information about the Perceval framework and this new connector, you can view a LinkedIn posting here and also a web page for Perceval here.
July 29, 2022