Browse Definitions :
Definition

Microsoft Quantum Development Kit

The Microsoft Quantum Development Kit is a set of programming tools for writing code that will run on a quantum computer. According to Microsoft, the software development kit (SDK) allows programmers to enter the new field of quantum computing development without requiring a strong background in quantum physics.

Unlike a classical binary computer, whose bits are either 0 or 1, a quantum computer's bits, which are called qubits, can be 0 and 1 at the same time. The ability to compute all possible permutations of a qubit simultaneously is what enables quantum computers to perform calculations much faster than classical computers. Until quantum processors become widely available, however, programming for quantum applications typically executes on a host application that acts as a simulator.

Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit is open source and based on the Q# language. It includes the following:

  • Q# compiler.
  • Q# library.
  • Resource Estimator.
  • A host application (written in Python or a .NET language) that runs quantum operations written in Q#.
  • Integration with Visual Studio and other Microsoft programs.

To assist developers learn Q# programming, Microsoft has developed a series of self-paced tutorials called Quantum Katas. Each Kata is designed to teach the developer about a specific concept in quantum computing by having them complete a series of tasks.

This was last updated in January 2018

Continue Reading About Microsoft Quantum Development Kit

SearchCompliance

  • information governance

    Information governance is a holistic approach to managing corporate information by implementing processes, roles, controls and ...

  • enterprise document management (EDM)

    Enterprise document management (EDM) is a strategy for overseeing an organization's paper and electronic documents so they can be...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

SearchSecurity

  • cyber espionage

    Cyber espionage, also called cyber spying, is a form of cyber attack that is carried out against a competitive company or ...

  • virus (computer virus)

    A computer virus is malicious code that replicates by copying itself to another program, computer boot sector or document and ...

  • honeypot (computing)

    A honeypot is a network-attached system set up as a decoy to lure cyber attackers and detect, deflect and study hacking attempts ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

SearchStorage

  • dropout

    Dropout refers to data, or noise, that's intentionally dropped from a neural network to improve processing and time to results.

  • cloud storage

    Cloud storage is a service model in which data is transmitted and stored on remote storage systems, where it is maintained, ...

  • cloud testing

    Cloud testing is the process of using the cloud computing resources of a third-party service provider to test software ...

Close