A Google Cirq interface for QFlex
qFlex: A flexible high-performance simulator for verifying and benchmarking quantum circuits implemented on real hardware
Flexible Quantum Circuit Simulator (qFlex) implements an efficient tensor network, CPU-based simulator of large quantum circuits. qFlex computes exact probability amplitudes, a task that proves essential for the verification of quantum hardware, as well as mimics quantum machines by computing amplitudes with low fidelity. qFlex targets quantum circuits in the range of sizes expected for supremacy experiments based on random quantum circuits, in order to verify and benchmark such experiments.
 B. Villalonga, et al., "A flexible high-performance simulator for verifying and benchmarking quantum circuits implemented on real hardware", NPJ Quantum Information 5, 86 (2019)
 B. Villalonga, et al., "Establishing the Quantum Supremacy Frontier with a 281 Pflop/s Simulation", arXiv:1905.00444 (2019)
 "Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor", Nature 574, 505–510 (2019)
To ensure cross-platform viability, qFlex supports multiple different build methods. If one of the build methods below does not work on your system, try using one of the other methods listed.
To build qFlex on your machine, simply run:
$ autoreconf -i && autoconf && ./configure $ make && make run-tests
To disable qFlex python interface, use
If missing, python modules can be installed as follows:
$ python3 -m pip install -r scripts/requirements.txt
After running these commands, qFlex can be installed by running
By default, this installs qFlex in
$HOME/local/. To change the installation
qFlex provides an experimental support for
OpenMP. To activate
./configure with the extra-option
qFlex relies on OpenBLAS for optimized matrix operations.
For more information, see the installation guide.
Build Using Docker
Docker allows you to run qFlex in an isolated environment, without having to worry about managing dependencies.
To build qFlex with Docker, see the Docker guide.
An automated qFlex Docker container, synced with the
master branch, can be
pulled from Docker Hub as:
$ docker pull ngnrsaa/qflex
Build Using Rootless Containers
Rootless containers are an alternative to Docker targeted at users who may not
root privileges on their machine.
To run qFlex in a rootless container, see qflex/docs/rootless-container.md.
Using Google Cirq
Cirq is a framework for modeling and invoking Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) circuits.
To run qFlex on Google Cirq circuits, or just to call the simulator from Python, see qflex/docs/cirq_interface.md.
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The Flexible Quantum Circuit Simulator (qFlex) framework is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this application except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.
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