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Can An Algorithm Help Scientists Write Better Quantum Programs?

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Sandia Senior Research Scientist Timothy Proctor

Timothy Proctor's researcher will make it possible to understand the capabilities of quantum computing hardware.

Credit: Sandia National Laboratories

Timothy Proctor, a quantum physicist at Sandia National Laboratories, is leading a research project to help quantum computer scientists write better programs that fail less often.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science recently selected Proctor for an Early Career Research Program Award, which will support the project for the next five years.

In the project, Proctor will be training an algorithm to discover patterns and structures that can cause errors.

Initially, he wants to create a tool that will tell developers how likely their program is to run on a given quantum computer. In time, he hopes his work will change how programs are written, to reduce errors and make quantum computers more useful.

From Sandia National Laboratories
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