Here we detail how to run jobs on the IonQ API against the IonQ QPU and the IonQ simulator.
import cirq import cirq_ionq as ionq service = ionq.Service()
See IonQ API Service for how to set up the service.
The IonQ API is a service that allows you to send a quantum circuit as a job
to a scheduler server. This means that you can submit a job to the API, and
then this job is held in a queue before being scheduled to run on the appropriate
hardware (QPU) or simulator. Once a job is created (but not necessarily yet run)
on the scheduler, the job is assigned an id and then you can query this
job via the API. The job has a status on it, which describes what state the job is in
failed, etc. From a users perspective, this is abstracted
mostly away in Cirq. A job can be run in either block modes, or non-blocking mode,
as described below.
Here we describe these different methods.
The first method for running is to do so via the
run method on
qubit = cirq.LineQubit(0) circuit = cirq.Circuit( cirq.X(qubit)**0.5, # Square root of NOT. cirq.measure(qubit, key='x') # Measurement store in key 'x' ) result = service.run(circuit=circuit, repetitions=100, target='qpu') print(result)
Which results in
Looking at these results you should notice something strange. What are the odds
that the x measurements were all 0s followed by all 1s? The reason for this
sorting is that the IonQAPI only returns statistics about the results, i.e. what
count of results were 0 and what count were 1 (or if you are measuring
multiple qubits the counts of the different outcome bit string outcomes). In
order to make this compatible with Cirq's notion of
are then converted into raw results with the exactly correct number of
results (in lexical order). In other words, the measurement results are not
in an order corresponding to the temporal order of the measurements.
When calling run, you will need to include the number of
repetitions or shots
for the given circuit. In addition, if there is no
default_target set on the
service, then a
target needs to be specified. Currently the supported targets
Via a sampler
Another method to get results from the IonQ API is to use a sampler. A sampler is specifically design to be a lightweight interface for obtaining results in a pandas dataframe and is the interface used by other classes in Cirq for objects that process data. Here is a simple example showing how to get a sampler and use it.
qubit = cirq.LineQubit(0) circuit = cirq.Circuit( cirq.X(qubit)**0.5, # Square root of NOT. cirq.measure(qubit, key='x') # Measurement store in key 'x' ) sampler = service.sampler(target='qpu') result = sampler.run(program=circuit, repetitions=100) print(result)
Via create job
The above two methods, using run and the sampler, both block waiting for results. This can be problematic when the queueing time for the service is long. Instead, it is recommended that you use the job api directly. In this pattern, you can first create the job with the quantum circuit you wish to run, and the service immediately returns an object that has the id of the job. This job id can be recorded, and at any time in the future you can query for the results of this job.
qubit = cirq.LineQubit(0) circuit = cirq.Circuit( cirq.X(qubit)**0.5, # Square root of NOT. cirq.measure(qubit, key='x') # Measurement store in key 'x' ) job = service.create_job(circuit=circuit, target='qpu', repetitions=100) print(job)
which shows that the returned object is a
One difference between this approach and the run and sampler methods
is that the returned job object's results are more directly related to the
return data from the IonQ API. They are of types
ionq.SimulatorResult. If you wish to convert these into the
cirq.Result format, you can use
to_cirq_result on both of these.
Another useful feature of working with jobs directly is that you can
directly cancel or delete jobs. In particular, the