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Circuit knitting Based On Quasiprobability Simulation

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New paper “Circuit knitting with classical communication, ” from researchers at ETH Zurich and IBM Quantum.

Abstract:

“The scarcity of qubits is a major obstacle to the practical usage of quantum computers in the near future. To circumvent this problem, various circuit knitting techniques have been developed to partition large quantum circuits into subcircuits that fit on smaller devices, at the cost of a simulation overhead. In this work, we study a particular method of circuit knitting based on quasiprobability simulation of nonlocal gates with operations that act locally on the subcircuits. We investigate whether classical communication between these local quantum computers can help. We provide a positive answer by showing that for circuits containing n nonlocal CNOT gates connecting two circuit parts, the simulation overhead can be reduced from O(9n) to O(4n) if one allows for classical information exchange. Similar improvements can be obtained for general Clifford gates and, at least in a restricted form, for other gates such as controlled rotation gates.”

Find the technical paper here and IBM Research writeup here.  Submitted April 2022.

Piveteau, C., Sutter D. Circuit knitting with classical communication. arXiv. [Submitted on 29 Apr 2022]

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