Preface – This post is part of the Quantum Computing series.
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What in OpenQASM?
OpenQASM (Open Quantum Assembly Language) is a quantum assembly language developed by IBM that is used to describe quantum circuits and algorithms. It is designed to be a low-level language that allows researchers and developers to specify quantum operations in a precise and unambiguous way, and it is intended to be used as a basis for higher-level quantum programming languages and tools.
OpenQASM is similar to classical assembly languages, which are used to describe operations that are executed by classical computers. Like classical assembly languages, OpenQASM consists of a set of instructions that can be used to perform specific operations on quantum data. However, unlike classical assembly languages, OpenQASM is specifically designed to work with quantum systems, and it includes instructions that are specific to quantum computers, such as quantum gates and measurement operations.
OpenQASM programs can be executed on quantum hardware or quantum simulators, and they can be compiled from higher-level quantum programming languages using OpenQASM compilers. OpenQASM is designed to be a flexible and extensible language, and it is intended to support a wide range of quantum computing applications and architectures.