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Introduction to Quantum Computing @ CINECA School from 21 to 25 June

21 June @ 08:00 - 25 June @ 17:00


The purpose of the “Introduction to Quantum Computing” school is to train the student in the use of new quantum machines that have become a reality since the turn of the century. Constantly evolving, these machines require specific skills to be able to use them. Even if their technological development is not yet fully mature, it is strategically very important to immediately learn how to use these new devices, which are profoundly different from the computers we usually use. During school, the student, after examining the basics of quantum mechanics and linear algebra, will face the practical and theoretical treatment of some of the most famous quantum concepts and algorithms on the various machines available today. The course is completed by offering practical sections on emulators installed on our HPC machines.


Introduction to the different Quantum Hardwares and Quantum Software. Summary of linear algebra (Dirac notation, Hermitian matrices, tensor product, Schmidt decomposition). Postulates of quantum mechanics (Qubit states, unitary evolution, measurement). Quantum Gates. Entanglement. Quantum parallelism. Correction of quantum errors. Introduction to general purpose quantum algorithms with examples. Introduction to NISQ quantum algorithms with examples. Adiabatic quantum computing (AQC) and Quantum Annealing (QA). Practical sessions.

Target Audience

The course is aimed at university students in scientific subjects, PhD students and researchers. In principle, anyone who meets the required prerequisites can submit a request to participate.


Knowledge of mathematics, in particular of linear algebra. Knowledge of Python programming. Knowledge of Unix environments. Knowledge of quantum mechanics is not a fundamental prerequisite, even if it represents a considerable help for understanding the topics covered.


21 June @ 08:00
25 June @ 17:00
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