¹ Huawei 2012 Lab
² Lomonosov Moscow State University
³ Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering, and Department of Physics, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, 518055, China
中国 深圳 南方科技大学量子科学与工程研究院及物理系
The computational advantage of noisy quantum computers have been demonstrated by sampling the bitstrings of quantum random circuits. An important issue is how the performance of quantum devices could be quantified in the so-called “supremacy regime”. The standard approach is through the linear cross entropy (XEB), where the theoretical value of the probability is required for each bitstring.
However, the computational cost of XEB grows exponentially. So far, random circuits of the 53-qubit Sycamore chip was verified up to 10 cycles of gates only; the XEB fidelities of deeper circuits were approximated with simplified circuits instead. Here we present a multitensor contraction algorithm for speeding up the calculations of XEB of quantum circuits, where the computational cost can be significantly reduced through a recursive manner with some form of memoization.
As a demonstration, we analyzed the experimental data of the 53-qubit Sycamore
chip and obtained the exact values of the corresponding XEB fidelities up to 16 cycles using only moderate computing resources (few GPUs). If the algorithm was implemented on the Summit supercomputer, we estimate that for the 20-cycles supremacy circuits, it would only cost 7.5 days, which is several orders of magnitudes lower than previously estimated in the literature.