Quantum Benchmarking Working Group P7131


Quantum Groups Linkup (QGL) is an informal group of IEEE-SA working groups in the “quantum” topic area, including chairs, members, and IEEE staff. The group discusses cross-cutting technical issues and IEEE-SA issues of common interest. The group is informal and there are no instructions on how to join except to talk to somebody already in the group. A list of working groups in the “quantum” topic area appears below.

Project Number and LinkProject TitleScopeChair Name
P1913 link to PARSoftware-Defined Quantum CommunicationThis standard defines the Software-Defined Quantum Communication (SDQC) protocol that enables configuration of quantum endpoints in a communication network in order to dynamically create, modify, or remove quantum protocols or applications. This protocol resides at the application layer and communicates over Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. The protocol design facilitates future integration with Software-Defined Networking and Open Networking Foundation OpenFlow. The standard defines a set of quantum device configuration commands that control the transmission, reception, and operation of quantum states. These device commands contain parameters that describe quantum state preparation, measurement, and readout.Stephen Bush
P1943 link to PARStandard for Post-Quantum Network SecurityThis standard defines a post-quantum optimized version of network security protocols. It is based on a multi-layer protocols approach and allows data packets to be quantum resistant to future cryptographically relevant quantum computers (CRQCs). This standard includes hybrid modes for key exchange and authentication and specifies mechanisms for handling the larger public key sizes of post-quantum algorithms. This standard excludes any definition of a new post-quantum cryptography (PQC) protocol.Benjamin Smith
P2995 linkTrial-Use Standard for a Quantum Algorithm Design and DevelopmentThis trial-use standard defines a standardized method for the design of quantum algorithms. The defined methods apply to any type of algorithm that can be assimilated into quantum primitives and/or quantum applications. The design of the algorithms is done preceding quantum programming.Lisa Loud
P3120 link to PARStandard for Quantum Computing ArchitectureThis standard defines technical architectures for a quantum computers based on the technological type (e.g., fault-tolerant universal quantum computing) and one or more qubit modalities (e.g., superconducting quantum processor). The defined architectures include the hardware (e.g., signal generator) and low-level software (e.g., quantum error correction) components of a quantum computer. The standard excludes any definition of a quantum circuit or algorithm.Blaise Vignon
P3120.1 link n/aStandard for Programmable Quantum SimulatorThis standard defines technical architectures for quantum simulators based on technological type (e.g., analog quantum simulator) and one or more quantum objects (e.g., neutral atoms) or quantum systems (e.g., arrays of optically trapped atoms). The standard further defines the hardware and software components (e.g., quantum operating device) of quantum simulators, and excludes any mathematical construct that can be used to describe the time evolution of a quantum system of interest known as Hamiltonian.Catherine Lefebvre
P3155 linkStandard for Programmable Quantum SimulatorThis standard defines programming methods of quantum simulators according to analog (i.e., target Hamiltonian), digital (i.e., non-native Hamiltonian evolution) and hybrid (i.e., quantum-quantum or quantum-classical architectures) devices for the simulation of quantum phenomena beyond classical computing applications. This standard includes algorithms to represent the nano-scale properties of quantum simulation devices, and excludes any proposal for the architecture of quantum simulators.Catherine Lefebvre
P3172 link to PARRecommended Practice for Post-Quantum Cryptography MigrationThis recommended practice describes multi-step processes that can be used to implement hybrid mechanisms (combinations of classical quantum-vulnerable and quantum-resistant public-key algorithms). Existing post-quantum cryptography (PQC) systems are described. Desired characteristics of the hybrid mechanisms, such as crypto agility are also described.Benjamin Smith
P3185 link not set upStandard for Hybrid Quantum-Classical ComputingThis standard defines the hardware and software architecture of hybrid quantum-classical computing environments. It specifies the interconnection between one or more quantum processor units (QPUs) and one or more central processing units (CPUs) and/or graphics processing units (GPUs) and/or tensor processing units (TPUs). This standard includes the definition of application programming interfaces (APIs) for optimal high-performance computing (HPC) and excludes any definition of classical (super) computers and quantum computers.Gilles Ceyssat
P3329 link not set upStandard for Quantum Computing and Simulation Energy EfficiencyThis standard defines energy efficiency metrics for quantum computing (gate-based, quantum annealing, quantum simulation). It compares the performance of the computation to its energy consumption. The performance is defined at the quantum level and at the end user level. The definition applies to all Quantum Bit (qubit) technologies, including the classical and quantum control chains, to various quantum processors, both Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ)-era and fault-tolerant, as well as to quantum annealers and simulators.Alexia Auffèves
P7130 linkStandard for Quantum Technologies DefinitionsThis standard addresses quantum technologies specific terminology and establishes definitions necessary to facilitate clarity of understanding to enable compatibility and interoperability.Andrew Vance
P7131 linkStandard for Quantum Computing Performance Metrics & Performance BenchmarkingThe standard covers quantum computing performance metrics for standardizing performance benchmarking of quantum computing hardware and software. These metrics and performance tests include everything necessary to benchmark quantum computers (stand alone and by/for comparison) and to benchmark quantum computers against classical computers using a methodology that accounts for factors such as dedicated solvers.Erik DeBenedictis
IEEE Quantum Standards