A Day in the Life of a Quantum Error

Salonik Resch, Swamit Tannu, Ulya R. Karpuzcu, Moinuddin Qureshi

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When a fault occurs in a computational system, it is of interest what effects it has. If it is known what can go wrong, it may also be known how to mitigate or correct for it. While complex, it is possible to obtain this information with rigorous fault injection in classical systems. This is also desirable for quantum systems, unfortunately it is much more difficult. The exponential information content of quantum systems makes this likely impossible for larger systems. However, analyses on smaller systems may provide valuable insight into the behavior of larger systems. This letter analyzes the effect of error on different parts of quantum programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9296804
Pages (from-to)13-16
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Computer Architecture Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

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© 2002-2011 IEEE.


  • fault injection
  • Quantum computing


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