Quantum Control Architecture: Bridging the Gap between Quantum Software and Hardware

Xiang Fu

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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Quantum computers can accelerate solving some problems which are inefficiently solved by classical computers, such as quantum chemistry simulation. To date, quantum computer engineering has focused primarily at opposite ends of the required system stack: devising high-level programming languages and compilers to describe and optimize quantum algorithms, and building reliable low-level quantum hardware. Relatively little attention has been given to using the compiler output to fully control the operations on current experimental quantum processors.
Bridging this gap, we propose and build a prototype of flexible control microarchitecture, named QuMA, supporting quantum-classical mixed code for
a superconducting quantum processor. The microarchitecture is based on three core elements: (i) a codeword-based event control scheme, (ii) queue-based precise event timing control, and (iii) a flexible multilevel instruction decoding mechanism for control.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Bertels, Koen, Supervisor
  • di Carlo, L., Supervisor
Award date11 Dec 2018
Print ISBNs978-94-028-1305-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Quantum Instruction Set Architecture
  • Quantum Control Microarchitecture
  • Quantum Architecture Simulator


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