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Bristol academics collaborate on Quantum Software Manifesto

Press release issued: 12 December 2017

University of Bristol academics Professor Noah Linden and Dr Ashley Montanaro have joined with collaborators from many of the leading European centres working on quantum software to write the Quantum Software Manifesto.

This aims to increase awareness of and support for quantum software research.

Quantum computers have the potential to solve important problems much faster than their classical predecessors, with applications ranging from the solution of hard optimisation problems to the simulation of complex molecules.

Very significant investments have been made across Europe and elsewhere in quantum technologies, not least the recent billion-euro European Flagship Programme in Quantum Technologies.

Current progress in the field of quantum computer hardware makes it likely that the first quantum computers that can outperform classical ones will be available in just a few years.

But just as classical computers are meaningless pieces of hardware without appropriate software, quantum computers need quantum software to function, including algorithms, architectures and applications.

Dr Montanaro, from the University of Bristol’s School of Mathematics and the Bristol Quantum Information Institute, said: “The goal of the Quantum Software Manifesto is to stress the importance of quantum software; highlight the need for quantum hardware and software developers to work together; and underline the importance of industry involvement in the development of new algorithms and related tasks.”

Over 150 supporters from academia, industry and elsewhere have already endorsed the manifesto.

Further information

Bristol Quantum Information Institute

Quantum information and its translation into technologies is one of the most exciting research activities in science and technology today. Long at the forefront of the growing worldwide activity in this area, the Bristol Quantum Information Institute crystallises our research across the entire spectrum, from theory to technology. With our expert cross-disciplinary team, including founders of the field, we have expertise in all major areas of theoretical quantum information science and in experiment. We foster partnerships with the private sector and provide superb teaching and training for the future generation of quantum scientists and engineers and the prototypes of tomorrow. Read more on our website:


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