Support for AMD Instinct™ MI Series Accelerators

qsim provides support for AMD Instinct accelerators. The implementation covers the native GPU support in qsim by utilizing AMD HIP SDK (Heterogeneous-Compute Interface for Portability). The cuQuantum implementation is currently not covered.


Building qsim with support for AMD Instinct accelerators requires installation of AMD ROCm™ Open Software Platform. Instructions for installing ROCm are available at

To enable support for AMD GPUs, qsim needs to be built from sources. This can be done as follows:

conda env list
conda create -y -n CirqDevEnv python=3
conda activate CirqDevEnv
pip install pybind11

git clone
cd qsim

make -j qsim      # to build CPU qsim
make -j qsim-hip  # to build HIP qsim
make -j pybind    # to build Python bindings
make -j cxx-tests # to build CPU tests
make -j hip-tests # to build HIP tests

pip install .



To test the qsim simulator:

make run-cxx-tests # to run CPU tests
make run-hip-tests # to run HIP tests


cd tests
for file in *.x; do ./"$file"; done          # to run all tests
for file in *_hip_test.x; do ./"$file"; done # to run HIP tests only

Python Bindings

To test the Python bindings:

make run-py-tests


cd qsimcirq_tests
python3 -m pytest -v


Using qsim on AMD Instinct GPUs is identical to using it on NVIDIA GPUs. I.e., it is done by passing use_gpu=True and gpu_mode=0 as qsimcirq.QSimOptions:

simulator = qsimcirq.QSimSimulator(qsim_options=qsimcirq.QSimOptions(