In order to write the Quantum Software Manifesto, University of Bristol academics Professor Noah Linden and Dr Ashley Montanaro have teamed up with collaborators from many of the key European centers working on quantum software.
This focuses on increasing awareness of, and supporting for, quantum software research.
Quantum computers are capable of solving significant problems much faster when compared to their classical predecessors, with applications ranging from the simulation of complex molecules to the solution of hard optimization problems.
Extremely vital investments have been made all over Europe and elsewhere in quantum technologies, not least the latest billion-euro European Flagship Programme in Quantum Technologies.
Current development in the field of quantum computer hardware brings about the likelihood that the first quantum computers capable of outperforming classical ones will be available within just a few years.
However, just as classical computers are considered to be meaningless pieces of hardware without suitable software, quantum computers require quantum software to function, including architectures, applications and algorithms.
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.
Dr Montanaro, from the University of Bristol’s School of Mathematics, Bristol Quantum Information Institute
More than 150 supporters from industry, academia and elsewhere have by now endorsed the manifesto.