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Delft University of Technology

Quantum 101: Quantum Computing & Quantum Internet

Delft University of Technology via edX Professional Certificate


Quantum supremacy is a term that refers to the projected ability of quantum computers to perform computations that are beyond the capabilities of any classical computer. The era that quantum computing promises to bring about is often likened to the era initiated by the classical computer. In such a "quantum" information era, quantum computers will be complemented by the quantum internet, which will allow for the transmission of quantum information over long distances. This capability would support many revolutionary applications, such as unhackable communication, clock synchronization and secure access to quantum computers in the cloud.

But how do quantum computers and quantum internet work? What scientific principles are behind them? What is the hardware that is being researched? What kind of software and protocols are needed for quantum computing and quantum internet? Which disciplines of science and engineering are required to develop these?

The aim of this program is to help you get up to speed with the present progresses in the transition to a quantum information era. After a quick review of some of the basic concepts that will enable you understanding the operating principles of quantum computation and quantum internet, the program will begin with an extensive discussion on some of the different ways qubits can be built.

Moreover, we will discuss how a large-scale quantum processor could be built using these qubits. Some of the topics that we cover are micro-architectures, compilers, and quantum programming languages. You will also explore some of the basics of quantum error-correction, an essential procedure that allows us to combat errors that arise during computations using delicate qubits.

The program then concludes with a discussion on the quantum internet: what is it? How can it be built? Why is it useful?

The program is a journey of discovery, so we encourage you to bring your own experiences, insights and thoughts via the forum!


Courses under this program:
Course 1: The Hardware of a Quantum Computer

Learn how a quantum computer could be physically build, and how it could be controlled.

Course 2: Architecture, Algorithms, and Protocols of a Quantum Computer and Quantum Internet

Learn how a quantum computer can be operated: you will go through the basics of quantum algorithms, quantum error-correction, micro-architectures, compilers, and programming languages for quantum computing, and protocols for the quantum internet.


Taught by

Michael Wimmer, Carmen G. Almudever, David Elkouss, Attila Geresdi, Koen Bertels, Ben Criger, Lieven Vandersypen, Menno Veldhorst, Nader Khammassi, Leo Di Carlo, Fabio Sebastiano, Barbara Terhal, Giordano Scappucci and Tim Taminiau


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