Researchers make steps toward debugging tools for quantum computers

In classical computing, debugging programs is one of the most time-consuming tasks in software development. Successful debugging relies on software development tools and also on the experience of the programmer. In quantum computing, researchers predict debugging will be an even greater challenge. In a paper soon to appear at the ACM/IEEE 46th Annual International Symposium for Computer Architecture (as part of ACM's 2019 Federated Computing Research Conferences), researchers at Princeton University present debugging tools based on statistical tests, with a goal of aiding programmers in building correct quantum programs for near-term quantum computers.