The rise of quantum computing is driving the need for new types of software development, and reseachers from the Bristol and Bath region are at the heart of this new development.
“The goal of the Quantum Software Manifesto is to highlight the need for quantum hardware and software developers to work together”
Professor Noah Linden and Dr Ashley Montanaro have joined with collaborators from many of the leading European centres working on quantum software to write the Quantum Software Manifesto.
Very significant investments have been made across Europe, including the recent billion-euro European Flagship Programme in Quantum Technologies and the £43m Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre in Bristol.
“The goal of the Quantum Software Manifesto is to stress the importance of quantum software, highlight the need for quantum hardware and software developers to work together and underline the importance of industry involvement in the development of new algorithms and related tasks,” says Dr Montanaro, from the University of Bristol’s School of Mathematics and the Bristol Quantum Information Institute.
“If we want to be at the forefront of the quantum revolution, increased awareness of and support for quantum software is essential”
The quantum computers being developed around the world need quantum software to function, including algorithms, architectures and applications. Over 150 supporters from academia, industry and elsewhere have already endorsed the manifesto.
“We believe that Europe is ideally positioned to lead the quantum revolution,” says Prof Harry Buhrman of the University of Amsterdam who is leading the development of the manifesto. “Yet if we want to be at the forefront of the quantum revolution, increased awareness of and support for quantum software is essential.”
The Bristol Quantum Information Institute is at the front line of the growing worldwide activity in this area and brings together research across the entire spectrum, from theory to technology.