artiste-qb.net has just uploaded at GitHub its first version of Qubiter, a quantum computer simulator, under the BSD license and written in Python.
It’s saying to you: “Welcome, Navigator. Where do you want me to take you next?”
Over the last 20 years, dozens of quantum computer simulators (for gate model, aka quantum circuit QC) have been released. Here is a partial list. So what makes this one special?
Let me compare Qubiter with Microsoft’s very famous quantum simulator called Liqui|>.
- Liqui|> is closed source (and heavily patented), Qubiter is open source under BSD license
- Liqui|> is written in F#, Qubiter is written in Python. User base of Python is ~ 100 times bigger than that of F#. And believe me, programmers are very savvy consumers of programming languages.
- Dave Wecker (rhymes with wrecker), chief architect of Liqui|> , has been quoted as saying that he estimates Liqui|> has about 30,000 lines of code. Qubiter currently has less than a 1000, and does all the basics and much more. So tell me, what would you prefer to have to grok, 30,000 or 1,000 lines of code?
I hope you enjoy it. Or as my grandma used to say,
Stai zitto e mangia!!