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Dec 2, 2002, 5:07:16 PM12/2/02

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At page 51 of Scientific November 2002 is written:

"How many computational steps are needed to find the

prime factors of a 300-digit number?

The best classical algorithm would take about 5*10E24 steps.

By taking advantage of innumerable quantum states

a quantum factoring algorithm would take only 5*10E10 steps"

My question is why are both not the same.

How do we explain that a quantum computer requires

such a relative small number of steps.

Suppose this the best classical algorithm:

1 INPUT 300dn (300-digit number)

2 N1 = 1

3 DO

4 N1 = N1 + 1

5 N2 = 300dn/N1

6 Is N1 * Int(N2) = 300dn

7 Yes Is N2 prime ?

8 Yes Print "Eureka" N1, N2 : Exit

9 No Exit

10 Loop Until N1 > SQR(300dn)

11 Print 300dn "is prime number !"

Line 7:

This test is a small program (inner loop) of rougly 6 lines

which is almost identical as the above program.

Line 10 Can also be written as:

10 Loop Until N1 * N1 > 300dn

This involves a multiplication of two 150-digit numbers

Line 10 is important because it answers the question:

How many times do we have to excute the outer loop:

Answer: 10E150 times

Roughly speaking each loop consists of 10 steps.

That means the total number of steps is 10E151.

The first improvement is to replace line 4 by:

4 N1 = N1 + 2 i.e. test only odd numbers.

The problem is both that the classical computer and

the quantum computer will benefit from this improvement

which does not explain the difference between the two.

One possibility is to perform many loops in parallel,

but that means more hardware.

On the otherhand this is not a true solution because it

can be done for both a classical computer and a quantum computer.

The article in Scientific American gives the answer:

"By taking advantage of innumerable quantum states"

But how do you do that in practice in order to reduce the number

of steps (outer loops ?) of the quantum computer?

Nick

[Moderator's note: "Shor's algorithm" is the answer to your

question. More generally, quantum computers can be more efficient

than classical computers because a superposition of states can

"perform many loops in parallel" without requiring more hardware

(roughly speaking).

-- KS]

Dec 2, 2002, 6:54:30 PM12/2/02

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In article <3DE7DD7B...@pandora.be>, Nicolaas Vroom

It isn't.

Anyway, practical quantum copmputers can now factor numbers up to 15 in,

err, milliseconds. I guess the next milestone will be when one runs

Microsoft Office.

Charles

Dec 2, 2002, 7:59:54 PM12/2/02

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In article <3DE7DD7B...@pandora.be>, Nicolaas Vroom wrote:

> [Moderator's note: "Shor's algorithm" is the answer to your

> question. More generally, quantum computers can be more efficient

> than classical computers because a superposition of states can

> "perform many loops in parallel" without requiring more hardware

> (roughly speaking). - KS]

Willfully disregarding the disclaimer, is there really any sense

in which this is true? It's oft-stated, but from what I know of

Shor's algorithm (and what I know is fairly minimal), it works

because quantum computers can do FFTs very quickly. If one were

really able to do as many loops in parallel as one would want,

then factoring would only take O(1) speed rather than

O(log^3(n)), right?

Aaron

Dec 3, 2002, 2:32:04 PM12/3/02

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In article <slrnaunn6g....@abergman.student.princeton.edu>,

Well, I'm not an expert in this area by a long shot but there is are

at least two issues here.

First, when you rely on a superposition to "parallelize" a

computation, you need to somehow amplify the correct answer so that

there is high probability that when you collapse the wave function you

end up with the right answer. This is different from a classical

non-deterministic computation in which you can scan through all the

choices that were made to look for a successful execution.

(Fortunately for the QC, factorization can be verified in polynomial

time, so you can just check the answer and repeat the calculation if

you get unlucky.)

Second, I wouldn't expect to be able to get down to constant time,

just based on classical computation theory. Parallelization doesn't

generically allow you to do this. Also, while non-deterministic

machines can be faster than deterministic ones (or, at least it seems

that way), they can't reduce any problem to a constant-time solution.

I'd have to go brush up on Shor's algorithm myself to say any more

about how accurate this sort of statement really is. (Peter Shor does

post here periodically, though... maybe he'll see this and provide a

more rigorously correct explanation and save us the work :-) )

--

======================================================================

Kevin Scaldeferri Calif. Institute of Technology

The INTJ's Prayer:

Lord keep me open to others' ideas, WRONG though they may be.

Dec 4, 2002, 1:10:37 AM12/4/02

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In article <slrnaunn6g....@abergman.student.princeton.edu>,

Aaron Bergman <aber...@yuma.princeton.edu> wrote:

Aaron Bergman <aber...@yuma.princeton.edu> wrote:

In my opinion "parallel computation" is poor terminology for quantum

computation. First off it's not clear what it means to allow arbitrary

parallel computation. To use Unix terminology, let's say that it means

that you can fork processes for free, and that all of the child processes

run in parallel but do not communicate. Then the next question is

how to reconcile the exponentially many final states of the child processes.

One model is the NP model: Children run for polynomial time. If all

children say "no", then the parent program outputs "no". If at least

one child process says "yes", the parent outputs "yes". Another model

is #P: children run for polynomial time and do not communicate; the

parent outputs the number of child processes that report "yes".

In the NP model, you have to convert everything to yes-no questions.

For instance you can ask whether the number n has a factor in some range

1,...,k. This can be computed in non-deterministic polynomial time,

because each child process can simply guess a different factor in 1,...,k

and test divisibility. But it is not O(1), because the processes

time to fork and more time to test divisibility.

A reasonable conjecture is that the quantum computation class BQP, if

restricted to yes-no questions, neither contains nor is contained in NP.

My preferred way to describe quantum computation is by analogy with

randomized classical computation. If a computer executes a randomized

algorithm, then in a manner of speaking its state is a classical

superposition. For some purposes this does afford some computational

speedup. In quantum computation you replace this classical superposition

by a quantum superposition. It should be believable that this yields

yet more speedup than classical superposition does.

In the most general formalism of this sort, the state of the computer

is a density matrix, capturing both classical and quantum superposition.

This is in my opinion the best description of quantum computation

and quantum probability theory generally.

--

/\ Greg Kuperberg (UC Davis)

/ \

\ / Visit the Math ArXiv Front at http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/

\/ * All the math that's fit to e-print *

Dec 4, 2002, 1:11:11 AM12/4/02

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Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote in message

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> My question is why are both not the same. How do we explain that a

> quantum computer requires such a relative small number of steps.

Basically, when one counts the

number of elementary operations (EOs)

performed by a classical computer, one

is counting scalar multiplications.

With quantum computers, the EOs are *matrix*

multiplications. The matrices

being multiplied are not arbitrary---

they must act on one or two qubits only, but each

still represents many classical scalar multiplications.

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Dec 4, 2002, 1:11:55 PM12/4/02

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Greg Kuperberg wrote:

> My preferred way to describe quantum computation is by analogy with

> randomized classical computation.

What do you mean with randomized classical computation?

> If a computer executes a randomized

> algorithm, then in a manner of speaking its state is a classical

> superposition.

What is a randomized algorithm?

Is that an algorithm to calculate random numbers?

or is it a Monte Carlo Simulation which uses random numbers?

What do you mean with classical superposition?

> For some purposes this does afford some computational speedup.

?

> In quantum computation you replace this classical superposition

> by a quantum superposition.

Sorry also not clear.

> It should be believable that this yields

> yet more speedup than classical superposition does.

Hum.

> In the most general formalism of this sort, the state of the computer

> is a density matrix, capturing both classical and quantum superposition.

> This is in my opinion the best description of quantum computation

> and quantum probability theory generally.

Is this really the best description possible ?

Dec 4, 2002, 1:12:13 PM12/4/02

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Aaron Bergman wrote:

I did a search with:

http://www.google.com/search?q=Shor%27s+Algorithm&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&start=0&sa=N

In my first reply to this posting I already discussed some url's

which are mentioned.

Unfortunate it is still not clear why you need Shor's Algorithm

to factoring a number.

For example 15 = 3 * 5.

And more specific why this algorithm works faster on a quantum computer

compared with a classical computer.

For example how do you implement parallization on a quantum computer ?

The following program can be implemented using parallel logic:

For i = 1 to 10000 step 3

Call func1(i, result1)

Call func2(i+1, result2)

Call func3(i+2, result3)

If result1 = 1 or result2 = 1 or result3 = 1 Print "Eureka" : Exit

next i

Func1, Func2 and Func3 are the same functions.

You can only excute those functions in parallel if they are

completely indepent of each other.

For a classical computer parallel computation requires more hardware

i.e. more processors.

(I expect that for quantum computers this is the same.)

IMO parallization only is not the true reason why quantum computers

are faster.

The reason must be that they use "superposition of states"

(or a combination of both).

But how that works (and what the limits are) is not clear to me.

May be this url gives the answer:

http://www.ar-tiste.com/reservoir_noise.html

Nick.

Dec 4, 2002, 9:45:11 PM12/4/02

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In order to improve my knowledge about Shor's algorithm I did this

search:

http://www.google.com/search?q=Shor%27s+Algorithm&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&start=0&sa=N

Following are some results:

1. Quantum Computing, Shor's Algorithm, and Parallelism

Arun, Bhalla, Kenneth Eguro, Matthew Hayward

http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/

Shor's algorithm is discussed at:

http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/node12.html

The most details are at:

http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/node15.html

This page claims that in order "for factoring a given integer n"

you need (see step 1-4) a classical computer.

I found that very strange.

Starting with step 5 you need a quantum computer

In step s discrete Fourier transform is computed.

Why do you need that in order "for factoring a given integer n" ?

http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/node16.html

claims:

"In general Shor's algorithm simulation seems a good candidate

for parallelization."

Why the word simulation ?

Why the word seems ?

Does this imply that we are not sure ?

2. The following url also explains Shor's Algorithm:

http://tph.tuwien.ac.at/~oemer/doc/quprog/node18.html

3. And also this one does.

http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shor's_algorithm

4. IMO the best one is:

http://everest.uwyo.edu/~moorhous/quantum/talk2.pdf

This document explains in detail:

Example factor n = 55

After studying the above documents (I'am still in that

process) I have the following remarks.

1. Shor's Algorithm allows you (As far as I currently

understand) to perform factoring of an integer.

2. In order to do that you need both a classical computer

and a quantum computer.

3. It is not clear to me if you can do this whole calculation

solely on a classical computer.

4. It is not clear to me what the advantages are by using

a quantum computer.

5. Assuming remark 1 is correct and assuming that using a classical

computer and a quantum computer both together, is the best way to

implement shor's algorithm than I'am still not convinced

that quantum computers in general are faster

(and eventualy will replace classical computers)

6. Shor's Algorithm smells like a Monte Carlo simulation.

As part of the algorithm you have to observe register 2

and to measure register 1 (See url in remark 4)

It is not clear to me if you only have to do this once.

7. Assuming that you have to do this more often

what is the chance that you never find the right answer

specific with large numbers ?

8. It is interesting to study what happens if the number

that you want to factor (using Shor's algorithm)

is a prime number.

Nick

Dec 5, 2002, 1:46:17 PM12/5/02

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Charles DH Williams wrote:

> In article <3DE7DD7B...@pandora.be>, Nicolaas Vroom

> <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote:

> >

> > Suppose this the best classical algorithm:

> >

>

> It isn't.

I agree with you.

However that is not the issue.

The problem is when you start with a given algorithm

with consists of a certain number loops

which requires a certain number of steps on a classical computer

how can you do that SAME problem in much less steps

on a quantum computer.

Both computers considered should be the "same"

(i.e. both should be standard from the shelf

or both can be special purpose)

otherwise any comparison is not scientific.

Dec 5, 2002, 1:48:16 PM12/5/02

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Aaron Bergman wrote:

> In article <3DE7DD7B...@pandora.be>, Nicolaas Vroom wrote:

>

>> [Moderator's note: "Shor's algorithm" is the answer to your

>> question. More generally, quantum computers can be more efficient

>> than classical computers because a superposition of states can

>> "perform many loops in parallel" without requiring more hardware

>> (roughly speaking). - KS]

>

> Willfully disregarding the disclaimer, is there really any sense

> in which this is true? It's oft-stated, but from what I know of

> Shor's algorithm (and what I know is fairly minimal), it works

> because quantum computers can do FFTs very quickly.

There is a sense in which this quantum parallelism is true. The following

example is one part of Shor's algorithm.

Suppose you have a function f:{1,2,3,...,N} -> {1,2,3,...,N} for some

sufficiently large N. The only thing which you know about f is that it is

periodic, i.e. (roughly speaking) there exist a nuber m so that f(i) =

f(i+m) for all i. If you only have a classical computer at your disposal,

how often will you have to evaluate f in order to learn m? Right, ~N times.

Using a quantum computer, you can evaluate "all values of f at the same

time", by feeding a superposition of all inputs into the function

evaluation. However, there is no way to get all results out of the QC, but

in this specific case, the only thing you are interested in is the

periodicity of the function, while all individual function values are

irrelevant. And this is precisely what the QC allows you to do: you can

read out this global property of the function, without getting any

knowledge about individual function values.

Hope that helps,

Hans

Dec 5, 2002, 2:05:19 PM12/5/02

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[Moderator's note: this discussion is wavering on the edge of

appropriateness for SPR. I urge people to try to stick to issues of

how quantum computers work & how they are different from classical

system, and relegate general discussion of the theory of computability

to other forums. -- KS]

appropriateness for SPR. I urge people to try to stick to issues of

how quantum computers work & how they are different from classical

system, and relegate general discussion of the theory of computability

to other forums. -- KS]

Robert Tucci wrote:

>

> Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote in message

> news:<3DE7DD7B...@pandora.be>...

>

> > My question is why are both not the same. How do we explain that a

> > quantum computer requires such a relative small number of steps.

>

> Basically, when one counts the

> number of elementary operations (EOs)

> performed by a classical computer, one

> is counting scalar multiplications.

What is your definition of scalar multiplications ?

> With quantum computers, the EOs are *matrix* multiplications.

What is your definition of matrix multiplications ?

> The matrices

> being multiplied are not arbitrary---

> they must act on one or two qubits only, but each

> still represents many classical scalar multiplications.

Suppose you have to perform the following program:

1 for i = 2 to 100000

2 for j = 2 to i-1

3 A(j) = A(j) * B(j) / C(j)

4 A(j) = A(j-1) + A(j) + A(j+1)

5 next j

6 next i

Line 3 shows an example of matrix manipulation.

The inner loop will benefit from parallelization.

This is true for a classical computer and

(I expect) for a quantum computer.

For a classical computer this requires

more hardware (multi processors) and more memmory.

For a quantum computer I do not know what the

consequences are.

I expect certain limits are involved.

Line 4 shows an example of matrix manipulation.

However this one will NOT benefit from parallelization

This is true for a classical computer.

I expect the same for quantum computer.

> Sig:-------------------------

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> Acronym (R.I.N.N.O.)

> http://www.ar-tiste.com/qcomp_onion/rinno.htm

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[Moderator's note: As I noted in another moderator's note, discussion

in this thread needs to focus on physics aspects of quantum

computation or move to another forum. To a limited extent, posts like

this that provide definitions are okay, but, in general, theory of

computation is off-topic in SPR. -- KS]

In article <aslghb$orv$1...@panther.uwo.ca>,

Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote:

>> If a computer executes a randomized

>> algorithm, then in a manner of speaking its state is a classical

>> superposition.

>What is a randomized algorithm?

...

>or is it a Monte Carlo Simulation which uses random numbers?

A Monte Carlo simulation is an example of a randomized algorithm.

In general a randomized algorithm is one that uses a source of random

numbers for some computational purpose. For instance the Miller-Rabin

primality test gives statistical evidence as to whether or not a number

n is prime by choosing a random residue from 0 to n-1.

>What do you mean with classical superposition?

In the sense that if you flip a coin, the coin is in a superposition of

its heads and tails states until you observe it. Although this is stated

using quantum jargon, I am only describing classical probability theory

here. In the context of quantum mechanics, a classical superposition is

often called a "mixture" and is properly described by a density operator.

In fact there is no strict dichotomy between mixture and quantum

superposition, or between classical correlation and quantum entanglement.

In both cases the latter is propery understood as a purer form of the

former. For instance if you dilute quantum entanglement with noise,

it degenerates to classical correlation.

>> For some purposes this does afford some computational speedup.

>?

One example is primality tests. The drawback of Miller-Rabin is that it

never provides a guarantee that n is prime, only a likelihood. On the

bright side, it is faster than any deterministic primality algorithm.

Other algorithms are in the ZPP class. This means that the output is

guaranteed to be correct, but the algorithm only probably runs quickly.

Here too there are primality algorithms that use a random number generator

and that usually run faster than the fastest deterministic algorithm.

Dec 4, 2002, 1:49:18 PM12/4/02

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>Greg Kuperberg wrote:

>> My preferred way to describe quantum computation is by analogy with

>> randomized classical computation.

>What do you mean with randomized classical computation?

>> If a computer executes a randomized

>> algorithm, then in a manner of speaking its state is a classical

>> superposition.

>What is a randomized algorithm?

>Is that an algorithm to calculate random numbers?

>or is it a Monte Carlo Simulation which uses random numbers?

More like the latter. It is an algorithm in which you can have steps

that say "generate a random number". Usually this is good for getting

an answer which has a high probability of being right. Hopefully you

can verify an answer efficiently, so at worst you just have to run a

couple times to get a correct answer.

An example that you use all the time, but probably don't realize, is

authentication for secure communications. If I want to authenicate

you (i.e. convince myself you really are who you claim), I generate a

random number, encrypt it with your public key, and send it to you to

decrypt and return to me. If you return the number I started with

then there is a high probability that you are who you claim to be.

Anyway, when you allow randomization, the complexity classes change.

In some vague way you can imagine that quantum computation is similar

to randomized classical computation, although as Greg states:

>> In quantum computation you replace this classical superposition

>> by a quantum superposition.

So the complexity classes for quantum computations should be different

than randomized classical computations.

In another vague sense, you can imagine that quantum computation is

also similar to non-deterministic classical computation. I couldn't

readily give you a description of the rigorous difference between the

two, analogous to the above statement about superposition, though.

Dec 5, 2002, 9:37:59 PM12/5/02

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Hi,

If figured I'd put in my two cents of intuition.

> In my opinion "parallel computation" is poor terminology for quantum

> computation. First off it's not clear what it means to allow arbitrary

> parallel computation. To use Unix terminology, let's say that it means

> that you can fork processes for free, and that all of the child processes

> run in parallel but do not communicate. Then the next question is

> how to reconcile the exponentially many final states of the child

processes.

> One model is the NP model: Children run for polynomial time. If all

> children say "no", then the parent program outputs "no". If at least

> one child process says "yes", the parent outputs "yes". Another model

> is #P: children run for polynomial time and do not communicate; the

> parent outputs the number of child processes that report "yes".

>

BQP can be viewed as being contained in a parallel computation

class as it is contained in PSPACE and the latter class can be

characterized as what you can do in polynomial time if you had

access to polynomial in the input many processors. I think the

lowest known class classical class containing BQP is AWPP which

is a low class in the counting hierarchy which is due to Fortnow

and Rogers. The counting hierarchy is basically what you get when

you allow yourself the ability to compute exponential sums and

products of the results of PTIME computations. That the counting

hierarchy is contained in PSPACE can be seen by realizing that to

compute say an exponential sum of PTIME computations, we need to

keep track of the sum computed so far and then the next term in

the sum to be computed, both of which are polynomial size.

Here is my intuition as to why polynomial time quantum

computations can be simulated using functions from the counting

hierarchy and what makes it hard to simulate a quantum

computation in a smaller class like PTIME. To simulate a quantum

computation (I am simplifying here a bit) the things we need to

be able to compute classically are expressions like: <vec{y}| U |

vec{x}> Here x = x1,...,xn in this setup is some number in binary

and |vec{x}> is the column vector we get by kronecker producting

n vectors of the form [1,0]^T or [0,1]^T together depending on

whether xi was 0 or 1. So will be a column vector of length 2^n

with all entries 0 except for 1 one. <vec{y}| is arrived at in

similar fashion producting row vectors together rather than

column vectors. U is supposed to be our polynomial time quantum

computation. We can view it as resulting from matrix multiplying

layers L1...L_p(n) where each layer is either a 2^n by 2^n

permutation matrix or a kronecker product of our allowed base

unitary gates (which we usually think of these as fixed sized

matrices, maybe a 2x2 hadamard gate, controlled-not gates, etc).

To be able to simulate the computation, it turns out boils down

to being able to compute the i,j entry of U efficiently. To

calculate the i,j entry of a layer in the case it is a

permutation matrix is straightforward. In the case it is a

Kronecker product layer one will tend to need to compute a

polynomial sized product of complex numbers to get the i,jth

entry. To compute the i,j th entry of two layers L and L' one

will need to compute Sum^{2^n}_{k=1}l_{ik}l'_{kj}, an exponential

sum. So the operations we need to simulate are of the right size

to be done in the counting hierarchy. Note I am sweeping under

the rug how to handle the complex numbers but this turns out not

to be where the hardness is coming from.

The main question is when is it easier to compute the i,jth entry

of U? Basically, if the layers of U are matrices in which there

are only polynomially many non-zero entries in each row and

column and those entries are polynomial time to find, then the

whole computation will be in PTIME. What kind of layers satisfy

this condition? Well, for instance a permutation matrix will only

have one 1 in each row or column. Layers made from reversible

classical gates also don't tend to present a problem. Bad layers

result from doing things like Kronecker powering more than

logarithmically many Hadamard gates together or, for instance,

having a layer that did the quantum fourier transform. After

creating such a layer it seems hard to avoid brute force

computation of an exponential sum to figure out the i,j th entry

one would get when we multiply this against another in a typical

quantum algorithm

Chris Pollett

Dec 6, 2002, 2:37:10 PM12/6/02

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Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote in message news:<3DEE0367...@pandora.be>...

>What is your definition of scalar multiplications ?

>What is your definition of matrix multiplications ?

In linear algebra (vector spaces),

one speaks of

matrices(linear transformations)

and scalars.

For example, think of scalars

as complex numbers or 1 by 1 matrices.

> Suppose you have to perform the following program:

> 1 for i = 2 to 100000

> 2 for j = 2 to i-1

> 3 A(j) = A(j) * B(j) / C(j)

> 4 A(j) = A(j-1) + A(j) + A(j+1)

> 5 next j

> 6 next i

I think this "code" is misleading.

What I recommend is that you study

the Quantum Fourier Transform.

A simple introduction to it can be found,

for example, in Mermin's class notes

http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/~mermin/qcomp/CS483.html

Then study the classical FFT.

An introduction to that may be found, for example,

in the Numerical Recipes book, available online at

http://www.nr.com/

Now study how these guys count

the number of "elementary"

operations in each.

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In article <9VFH9.3143$Eu4.66...@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com>,

Chris Pollett <cpol...@yahoo.com> wrote:

>BQP can be viewed as being contained in a parallel computation

>class as it is contained in PSPACE and the latter class can be

>characterized as what you can do in polynomial time if you had

>access to polynomial in the input many processors.

Chris Pollett <cpol...@yahoo.com> wrote:

>BQP can be viewed as being contained in a parallel computation

>class as it is contained in PSPACE and the latter class can be

>characterized as what you can do in polynomial time if you had

>access to polynomial in the input many processors.

When composing my previous posting I had trouble characterizing PSPACE in

my mind this way. However, I do remember the result that a sufficiently

general tree search with alternating quantifiers is PSPACE-complete -

e.g. "generalized chess" is a PSPACE-complete problem. Clearly such

a search may be done in polynomial time if you can fork processes

for free. Conversely, polynomially many processors can be simulated in

polynomial space. So yes, PSPACE is a natural model for fully parallel,

polynomial-time computation. Thanks for mentioning this observation.

It is certainly important to know that BQP is contained in PSPACE.

However, the proper way to understand that is that BQP is *subsumed*

by parallel computation. To say that "quantum computation is a kind

of parallel computation", or even "quantum computation allows massive

parallelism", leaves many people with the impression that BQP = PSPACE,

or at least that BQP is not much smaller than PSPACE. I'm sure you

would accept the conjecture that BQP is much smaller than PSPACE (for

one thing because it's contained in AWPP, as you say).

My point is that conceptually BQP is a lot like BPP (the most general

randomized polynomial-time class), only bigger. At least, that's my

conception of it.

You could also point out that BPP is contained in PSPACE. But most people

have no trouble understanding that randomized computation is parallel

only in a very weak sense. To be sure, it is natural to conjecture

that BPP = P and that BQP != P. On the other hand, it is also natural

to conjecture that randomization yields a quadratic speedup for some

problems over determinism (maybe that's even a theorem). People should

appreciate that phenomenon as a warmup to understanding BQP.

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Hi Nicolaas

First, let me say that i m just an ordinary student of

physics. The people here have a lot more experience

than i do.

Anyways, i will give u some pointers.

Quantum Computers do not function like classical

computers and so you cannot program them like

classical computers. Things like loops, if statements,

etc do not directly make sense.

Basically, here a description of a Quantum Computer

and how it is supposed to work. The description is a

little bit amateurish.

In Quantum mechanics, we talk about ensembles and how

things can exists in superposition of states.

For example. Here's the classical analogy

Imagine the boolean gate OR Function

OR(X,Y) = X' * Y + X * Y + X * Y'

Basically, according to classical boolean theory,

OR(X,Y) will be a 1 if X'*Y is 1 , that is to say

X=0, Y = 1, or X*Y is a 1, X=1,Y=1, and of if X*Y' is

1, that is X=1, Y=0.

Basically, u also need to notice that X'*Y is

orthogonal to X*Y'

that means X'*Y*X*Y' = 0 which is true because X'*X =0

and Y'*Y=0

Now, the above expression can be rewritten as follow

OR = |1><0,1| + |1><1,0| + |1><1,1| + |0><0,0|

On a classical computer, at one time X can be either

0 or 1, and so does Y, and so is the output only

allowed to be 1 or 0.

Now, on the otherhand, in Quantum mechanics,

particles, can exists in superposition of states, that

means that,

X can be expressed as a combination of 0 or 1.

|X = c_x0 |0 + c_x1|1

Basically, |c_x0|^2 is taken to be the probability of

X being a 1. That means that if you measure the state

of a particle |X>, you are gaurrented to get 0 or 1,

not both at the same time. However, you cannot predict

with certainty which state you are going to get.

However, the only certainty is probability of getting

0 at X is |c_x0|^2 and probability of getting 1 is

|c_x1|^2

Moreover, interestingly, c_x0 can also be complex

numbers. After all, the probability is only governed

by |c_x0|^2.

So, you may wonder if X what it means to say that X is

in superposition of both 1 and 0. There are many

interpretations. One interesting one is the many world

interpretation.

It says that when a particle is prepared in a

superposition of states, like our |X>. the world

diverges with X=0 with |c_x0|^2 and X=1 with

|c_x1|^2.

where |c_x0|^2 + |c_x1|^2 = 1

And we can also express Y as follows

|Y> = c_y0 |0> + c_y1|1>

Now, if you increase the number of input variables,

for example say n = 128, you have in fact, prepared a

system with 2^128 states. However, if you try to

measure the state of |X_1,X_2,...X_n>, you will only

get one of all possible 2^128 states. Because of this

dynamics, a Quantum computer can try 2^128 states in

parallel at the same time.

Now, our expression is still given by

OR(X,Y) = X' * Y + X * Y + X * Y'

However, you need to understand since X and Y are no

longer binary, OR(X,Y) is not gaureented to be 1 or 0.

Rather OR(X,Y) has a probability of being 1 or 0.

Upto now, you will be inclined to ask, that well, how

it is useful. After all, you are preparing a system in

2^128 states. And you get only one answer. So, you may

ask, how you can get the answer you are looking.

Now, Quantum Mechanics is not so simple, as the worlds

diverging. In fact, the worlds can interfere and

cancel themselves out.

|c_x0|^2 is the probability of getting x=0,however,

c_x0 can also be a complex number. So, it has phase.

c_x0 = p_x0 exp(i theta_x0).

This makes matters a lot of complicated.

The innocent looking presence of phase allows the

different worlds to interfere.

Let's go back to our expression

OR = |1><0,1| + |1><1,0| + |1><1,1| + |0><0,0|

Our OR gate, can be seen as an evolution device. In

Quantum Mechanics,the word used to denote an OR like

device is 'operator'. Basically, the application of

the OR gate to the quantum sytem input system |X,Y> ,

evolves it from that state to the state at the output.

After all, this is even classical gates do. Given an

input state, they take it to the

output state.

Moreover, just as our classical device, |k><i,j| is

othogonal to |k'><i',j'|

where k' != k and i' != i and j' != j. Where a != b

means a is not equal to b.

In Quantum mechanics, there is a requirment for

probability conservation

Basically, it goes something like this

sum_i |c_xi|^2 = 1

This is true of any probability theory. The sum of

probabilities is always

1. After all, this is an axiom of probability theory.

There is another equivalent statement called the

Unitary requirement that has the same effect as

probability conservation.

Our expression

OR = |1><0,1| + |1><1,0| + |1><1,1| + |0><0,0|

[Thanks to Kevin Scaledeferri, for pointing out the

correct form of the expression]

Suppose we rewrite our OR expression as

OR = a[01->1] |1><0,1| + a[10->1] |1><1,0| + a[11->1]

|1><1,1| + a[00->0] |0><0,0|

Comparing the 2 expression above, we can decipher that

a[ij->k] = 1.

However sum_[ij->k] |a_[ij->k]|^2 /= 1. And so it

does not converse probability.

However, for example,

OR = (1/sqrt(4)) ( |1><0,1| + |1><1,0| + |1><1,1| +

|0><0,0|)

does

a_[ij->k] = 1/2

sum_i |a_[ij->k]|^2 = 1

Now, suppose multiply |X> and |Y>, we get

|X>|Y> = c_x0 c_y0 |X=0>|Y=0> + c_x1 c_y0 |X=1>|Y=0>

+ c_x0c_y1

|X=0>|Y=1> + c_y1 c_x1|X=1>|Y=1>

othewise written as,

|X,Y> = c_x0 c_y0 |0,0> + c_x1 c_y0 |1,0> +

c_x0c_y1|0,1> + c_y1 c_x1 |1,1>

Where |c_x0 c_y0|^2 is the probability of getting a

X=0,Y=0. It is also consitent wth |c_x0 c_y0|^2 =

|c_x0|^2|c_y0|^2. This expression means that p(X = 0

and Y=0) = p(X=0) p(Y=0).

This is a natural expression for the probability of

independent events.

Now, back to our OR operator

Now, if i apply the OR operator to our input state

|X,Y>

OR|X,Y> = (1/sqrt(4)) ( |1><0,1| + |1><1,0| +

|1><1,1| + |0><0,0|)

c_x0 c_y0 |0,0> + c_x1 c_y0 |1,0> + c_x0c_y1|0,1> +

c_y1 c_x1 |1,1>

the resulting expression is

= (1/2) |1> ( c_x1 c_y0 + c_x0c_y1 + c_y1

c_x1 ) +

(1/2) |0> ( c_x0 c_y0)

So, the probability of getting a 1, is

|<1|OR|X,Y>|^2 = (1/4) | c_x1 c_y0 + c_x0c_y1 + c_y1

c_x1|^2

= 1/4 |p_x1p_y1 exp(i (theta_x1 + theta_y1) ) +

p_x1p_y0 exp(

i(theta_x1 + theta_y0)) + p_x0 p_y1 exp( i(theta_x0 +

theta_y1))|^2

In the above expression, it is important to notice

that the phases interfere with each other and cancel

each other out. This is what creates all the

difference in the world. The phases are not innocuous

as we had thought them to be.

So, not only do the worlds seperate at each instant,

they also interfere with each other. So, voila,

parallel computing.

----

Revisible Computing and answers to NP-completeness

A example of factorization

----

Basically, suppose we take a (2n)-bit multiplier with

2 n-bit multiplicand with (2n)-bit output. Now,

suppose be interested to know a few things. We take

the output of the (2n-bit) multiplier and put a

big AND gate at end. The output of this gate is true,

if in fact, an input combination of mutiplicand

produces the the number to be factored at the output.

Suppose We are interested in factoring

[O_0,O_1,O_2...,O_n] = [0,1,1,0...,1] . Let's call

this number N . Our AND gate basically, is

O_0'*O_1*O_2*O_0'...*O_n

In normal binary computers, certain operations are not

reversible.

For example, back to our OR gate.

Suppose X=0,Y=1. The output of the OR gate is 1.

However, based on the output, we cannot tell if the

input was X=0,Y=1, or X=1,Y=1 or X=1,Y=0. So, you can

even say that information is lost from inputs to the

outputs. Suppose, i have a random binary generator at

the input. Based on the output of a classical gate,

mostly impossible to tell what the inputs of the

circuit were.

Now, the idea of Quantum Computing, leads to

reversible computing. [I m not an expert on this topic

either. I am not sure if Quantum Computing requires

reservsible computing]. However, a Quantum

equivalent of 2-bit AND Gate, has 4 not 3 connections

coming in and going out.

a Quantum 2-qubit AND gate needs to have 2 inputs, one

output, and one revisibility channel.

So, now, suppose, we have the quantum equivalent of

this classical multiplier, because of reversibility

of we can propogate the 1 from the output of our AND

gate, in our multiplier, and trace them back

to the input combinations that generate the 1 at the

output. Notably, these combinations are also factors

or our number N.

Shor's algorithm is different. But, hopefully, this

helps.

-suresh

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Peter Shor wrote:

>

> I just noticed this topic, and I'm going to try to answer a few of the questions.

>

> Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> writes:

> > Unfortunate it is still not clear why you need Shor's Algorithm

> > to factoring a number.

> > For example 15 = 3 * 5.

>

> You don't need Shor's algorithm to factor a number ... you just factored

> 15 without even using a computer.

>

> I just noticed this topic, and I'm going to try to answer a few of the questions.

>

> Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> writes:

> > Unfortunate it is still not clear why you need Shor's Algorithm

> > to factoring a number.

> > For example 15 = 3 * 5.

>

> 15 without even using a computer.

After studying Shor's algorithm and quantum computers

(I'am still in that process) three items are still not clear to me:

1. Why does one need FFT in order to factor a number

2. Why are quantum computers soo much faster

3. Shor's algorithm does not always work.

4. Why not implementing the whole algorithm on a quantum computer.

See previous posting and study te program

http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/findprim.txt

http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/findprim.zip

> > At page 51 of Scientific November 2002 is written:

> > The best classical algorithm would take about 5*10E24 steps.

> > By taking advantage of innumerable quantum states

> > a quantum factoring algorithm would take only 5*10E10 steps"

>

> So in theory, you can factor a 300-digit number with a classical computer,

> we just don't have any classical computers fast enough.

Not only in theory but also in practice.

The major issue is time.

> And 500-digit numbers,

> without truly signifiant advances in either classical computing

> power, in algorithms, or in quantum computers, are out of reach.

For quantum computers it is still only in theory

> Nicholas Vroom also asked

>

> > My question is why are both

> [e.g., the classical and quantum number of steps needed

> > not the same.

> > How do we explain that a quantum computer requires

> > such a relative small number of steps.

>

> There are computational paths from a number to its factors that only a quantum

> computer can navigate. Quantum computers can perform steps that might be

> described in English as "rotate qubit 2 by 90 degrees coherently conditioned

> on qubit 1 being 0," which translates in mathematics to applying a specific

> 4x4 matrix on the quantum state space of qubits 1 and 2, and in a specific

> quantum computater implementation might translate to applying a fixed sequence

> of properly shaped laser pulses to ions in an ion trap.

All what you do here should be clear and unambiguous.

If it is clear than you can also do it on a classical computer.

> Try and do this kind

> of step on a classical computer. A good question here is: how does this

> kind of step help?

Exactly

Why do you need this.

Does it work in practice. How far are we in the laboratory ?

> For that, you'll have to look more closely at a specific

> quantum computing algorithm.

>

> There are some fairly good elementary explanations of how these work at

> http://www.qubit.org

I studied also as suggested by Robert Tucci:

http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/~mermin/qcomp/CS483.html

Specific chapter 1 and chapter 3

I'am not convinced that a quantum computer is so much richer.

I'am not sure if you can calculate 3 * 5 reliable on a quantum

computer.

I will address questions to this on a separate posting

> > Suppose this is the best classical algorithm:

>

> and gives pseudo-code for trial division.

>

> The computer science side of me absolutely insists on saying something here.

> This is nowhere near the best algorithm,

There are two issues involved:

1. a) Start from a given algorithm, b) implement that algorithm on both

a classical computer and a quantum computer c) calculate solution time

i.e. speed

2. Find the fastest algorithm which solves a given problem for both

a classical computer and a quantum computer.

The pseudo-code addresses the first issue.

i.e. I want to understand if and how quantum computers are faster

using the same algorithm (program)

> and while it is possible to find

> slower algorithms (e.g., simulating the quantum factoring algorithm on

> a classical computer), trial division takes around 10E150 steps for a

> 300 digit number, as opposed to the 10E24 quoted above for (I assume) the

> number field sieve algorithm. Notice that the speedup gained by clever

> use of classical algorithms--126 orders of magnitude--far exceeds the

> speedup gained by switching to a quantum algorithm--only(!) 14 orders of

> magnitude. Both of these speedups increase dramatically as the number to

> be factored grows larger.

Conclusion:

Speed up gained by sieve algorithm is 126 orders.

Speed up gained by quantum algorithm is 140 orders.

How do you explain that quantum algorithm is better than

sieve algorithm ?

Is this more than only a prediction ?

It is IMO easy possible that factoring a number

on a quantum computer plus classical computer combination is slower

than performing the same factoring on a classical computer

which uses the sieve algorithm.

> |> And more specific why this algorithm works faster on a quantum computer

> |> compared with a classical computer.

>

> As I said above, there are steps you can do on a quantum computer you

> just can't do on a classical computer.

This is still not clear to me.

It should be possible to simulate any program that runs on a quantum

computer

on a classical computer.

I'am waiting to read why my findprim.exe program is "wrong".

Nick

http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/

Dec 15, 2002, 11:05:03 PM12/15/02

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I may get around to addressing more of this later, but for now I want

to say something about this one statement

to say something about this one statement

In article <3DF5BFE2...@pandora.be>,

Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote:

>It should be possible to simulate any program that runs on a quantum

>computer on a classical computer.

Yes, this is true. However, the simulation is not efficient.

There are many models of computation which are equivalent, meaning

that they can simulate each other. However, computational equivalence

doesn't mean the complexity is the same. Frequently the simulation

involves an exponential increase in the time or space requirements.

Dec 15, 2002, 11:15:26 PM12/15/02

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Retransmission of previous reply

Nick

-----------------------------------------------------

Nicolaas Vroom wrote:

> 4. IMO the best one is:

> http://everest.uwyo.edu/~moorhous/quantum/talk2.pdf

> This document explains in detail:

> Example factor n = 55

>

After studying this document IMO Shor's algorithm

1. works for the following factors:

5 * 11 =55

3*17, 3*19

5*7, 5*11, 5*13, 5*17,

7*13, 7*17, 7*29

17*31

Because the number of numbers (a mod x) in step 2 until you

find the number 1 is odd.

y is the number in the middle.

After finding y you can proceed to step 6.

For example for 5 * 11 = 55 those numbers are:

13,4,52,16,43,9,7,36,28,*34*,2,26,8,49,32,31,18,14,17

y=34

For example for 3 * 17 = 51 those numbers are:

13, *16*, 4

y=16

2. does not work for the following factors:

5*29

Because the number of numbers (a mod x) in step 2 until you

find the number 1 is even.

For example for 5 * 29 = 145 those numbers are:

16, 111, 36, 141, 81, 136

3. does not work for the following factors:

3*5, 3*11, 3*13

5*19, 5*23

7*11, 7*19, 7* 23

19*31

Because there is no 1

For example for 3*5=15 those numbers are:

9,6,9,6,9,6,9,6,

For example for 3*11=33 those numbers are:

12,12,12,12,12

For example for 7*11=77 those numbers are:

14,42,49,70,56

4. The program listing is at:

http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/findprim.txt

http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/findprim.bas

To get the program in Quick Basic change txt into bas

5. IMO Shor's algorithm is no quarantee that factoring works.

(It is clever, but I doubt if it is that fast)

6. Shor's algorithm can not use as prove that quantum computers

are faster as classical computers.

Nick

Dec 15, 2002, 11:23:09 PM12/15/02

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Peter Shor, using his mysterious Klingon/ATT cloaking device that

endows him with Google invisibility, gave an analogy about how the

"ferry path" is inaccessible to a classical commuter but possible for

the quantum commuter. This is misleading, in my opinion. Let NB be the

number of bits. All the ~2^NB paths that a qubit circuit follows are

accessible and can be followed individually by a classical computer.

It's just that they cannot all be advanced upon concurrently, unless

one had exponential (in NB) classical computing resources.

endows him with Google invisibility, gave an analogy about how the

"ferry path" is inaccessible to a classical commuter but possible for

the quantum commuter. This is misleading, in my opinion. Let NB be the

number of bits. All the ~2^NB paths that a qubit circuit follows are

accessible and can be followed individually by a classical computer.

It's just that they cannot all be advanced upon concurrently, unless

one had exponential (in NB) classical computing resources.

(performing a classical elementary operation) = multiplying classical

state (given by a complex number) by another complex number

(performing a quantum elementary operation) = multiplying quantum

state (given by a 2^NB long, column vector of complex numbers) by a

2^NB times 2^NB elementary matrix

This suggests that sometimes one elementary op of a quantum computer

accomplishes on the order of 2^NB elementary classical operations

An elementary matrix, by definition, can only *change* the state of

one or two qubits, not more. The rest of the qubits are acted upon

without changing them. This acting upon certain qubits of the qubit

array without changing them (while at the same time changing other

qubits in the array), "is key" for vector spaces and quantum physics,

but not as key in classical physics.

Sig:-------------------------

Dec 16, 2002, 12:25:31 AM12/16/02

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In article <3DEE794E...@pandora.be>,

Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote:

>1. Quantum Computing, Shor's Algorithm, and Parallelism

>Arun, Bhalla, Kenneth Eguro, Matthew Hayward

>http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/

>

>Shor's algorithm is discussed at:

>http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/node12.html

>The most details are at:

>http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/node15.html

>This page claims that in order "for factoring a given integer n"

>you need (see step 1-4) a classical computer.

>I found that very strange.

Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote:

>1. Quantum Computing, Shor's Algorithm, and Parallelism

>Arun, Bhalla, Kenneth Eguro, Matthew Hayward

>http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/

>

>Shor's algorithm is discussed at:

>http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/node12.html

>The most details are at:

>http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/node15.html

>This page claims that in order "for factoring a given integer n"

>you need (see step 1-4) a classical computer.

>I found that very strange.

Well, you don't _need_ to do those steps on a classical computer, but

they are efficient on a classical computer. Given that the clock

speeds of classical computers are massively higher that quantum

computers for the forseeable future, it makes sense to take such a

hybrid approach.

>Starting with step 5 you need a quantum computer

>In step s discrete Fourier transform is computed.

>Why do you need that in order "for factoring a given integer n" ?

>

You don't need a Fourier transform to factor an integer. There are

many algorithms for factorization that don't use this technique at

all. However, the key in this approach is the periodicity of x^a mod

n, and you should be able to see that a Fourier transform is handy if

you want to pick out periods of a functions.

>http://alumni.imsa.edu/~matth/quant/433/shor-par/node16.html

>claims:

>"In general Shor's algorithm simulation seems a good candidate

>for parallelization."

>Why the word simulation ?

Simulation means modeling one type of machine on another. In this

case, we are talking about modeling the execution of a quantum

computer (quantum register machine) on a classical computer (classical

register machine).

>Why the word seems ?

>Does this imply that we are not sure ?

The don't prove this to be true at any point that I can see.

>After studying the above documents (I'am still in that

>process) I have the following remarks.

>1. Shor's Algorithm allows you (As far as I currently

>understand) to perform factoring of an integer.

>2. In order to do that you need both a classical computer

>and a quantum computer.

No, you could do it all on a quantum computer (in theory)

>3. It is not clear to me if you can do this whole calculation

>solely on a classical computer.

Yes, but it will be slower

>4. It is not clear to me what the advantages are by using

>a quantum computer.

Speed

>5. Assuming remark 1 is correct and assuming that using a classical

>computer and a quantum computer both together, is the best way to

>implement shor's algorithm than I'am still not convinced

>that quantum computers in general are faster

>(and eventualy will replace classical computers)

Good! No one knows that practical QCs are possible nor that the

requirements for general error correction won't outweigh the

theoretical speedup under perfect conditions.

>6. Shor's Algorithm smells like a Monte Carlo simulation.

>As part of the algorithm you have to observe register 2

>and to measure register 1 (See url in remark 4)

>It is not clear to me if you only have to do this once.

No, you might have to do it more than once. However, the speedup is

great enough that the possibility of having to repeat the calculation

a couple times is insignificant.

>7. Assuming that you have to do this more often

>what is the chance that you never find the right answer

>specific with large numbers ?

That you never find the right answer? 0

(ignoring the issues of error correction and such, which we are

generally ignoring already)

What you really want to know is, what is the chance that you don't

find the answer in an exponential number of trials. Unfortunately, I

don't know the answer off-hand, but it should be exponentially small.

>8. It is interesting to study what happens if the number

>that you want to factor (using Shor's algorithm)

>is a prime number.

Maybe, although there are efficient algorithms for determining

primality, so there isn't much point in using Shor's algorithm.

Dec 20, 2002, 7:35:20 PM12/20/02

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Peter Shor wrote:

>

> Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> asks:

>

> > After studying Shor's algorithm and quantum computers

> > (I'am still in that process) three items are still not clear to me:

> > 1. Why does one need FFT in order to factor a number

>

> It's the only way we know of to factor a number fast on a quantum computer.

> The two-sentence intution: We factor by finding periodicity. FFT's are

> very good at finding periodicity.

>

> Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> asks:

>

> > After studying Shor's algorithm and quantum computers

> > (I'am still in that process) three items are still not clear to me:

> > 1. Why does one need FFT in order to factor a number

>

> The two-sentence intution: We factor by finding periodicity. FFT's are

> very good at finding periodicity.

In document:

http://everest.uwyo.edu/~moorhous/quantum/talk2.pdf

Shor's algorithm is described in 6 Steps. (With large S)

However IMO you only need 2 Steps (And a GCD operation) to find

(if you are "lucky") the two prime numbers.

See http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/shor.htm for more details.

IMO you de not need FFT's to find the periodicity.

However IMO already those 2 Steps are much slower than if you

use a classical factorization algorithm.

If you want to factorize 29*31 it requires 420 calculations to calculate

a string of numbers. Number at position 210 is the result you need.

i = 210, y = 869, p=29, q=31

A classical algorithm requires only 30 calculations.

See above url and QBasic program for details.

> > 2. Why are quantum computers soo much faster

>

> It's not that they're faster ... it's that they can do kinds of

> subroutines and algorithms that classical computers can't, so certain

> problems will take many fewer steps.

I expect you mean that quantum computers can solve FFT's in one Step

while classical computers need many steps (LOOPS).

> If you run the SAME algorithm on

> a classical computer and a quantum computer, the quantum computer will

> probably be slower

<SNIP>

> > 3. Shor's algorithm does not always work.

>

> The fastest classical algorithms for factoring are randomized, as well.

There are three types of solutions for factoring:

a) algorithms that always work.

b) algorithms that not always work

c) randomized algorithms that always work.

IMO Shor's algorithm falls in category b.

In my matrix of 43 by 43 (See url) Shor's algorithm works 58 times

and fails 20 times.

In a type c solution you can be lucky and find the solution immediate.

To compare a with c you have to test many examples in order to decide

if your type c solution is the best.

> I said:

>

> > > Try and do this kind

> > > of step on a classical computer. A good question here is:

> > > how does this kind of step help?

>

> > Exactly

> > Why do you need this.

> > Does it work in practice. How far are we in the laboratory ?

>

> You need this type of step to compute a quantum Fourier transform.

As I explained above in order to find periodicity IMO you do not need

FFT.

A complete different question is which computer is the best

to calculate FFT's: A Quantum or a Classical Computer.

I will go in more detail in a separate posting.

<SNIP>

> Finally, you have expressed this question in a way that I can

> understand it. No, quantum computers are not faster using the same

> algorithm.

Is that also true in the future ?

<SNIP>

>

> > It is IMO easy possible that factoring a number

> > on a quantum computer plus classical computer combination is slower

> > than performing the same factoring on a classical computer

> > which uses the sieve algorithm.

>

> Why?

>

> Do you not believe the prediction of the number of steps taken by a

> quantum computer using the factoring algorithm is correct, assuming

> that quantum computers can be built?

> (I don't believe I've encountered somebody holding this view before).

Yes that is my opinion. However I have to be carefull - See below.

To calculate the string of numbers in Step 2 (Of the above mentioned

document) in case of 29*31 for Shor's algorithm you need 420 steps

while on Classical Computer you need in total 30 steps.

If in addition with Shor's Algorithm you still need a FFT is of

no "importance".

I have to be carefull because in order to implement Shor's Algorithm

(all the 6 Steps) you need both a Classical computer and a Quantum

Computer.

IMO to factorize a number you do not need the Steps required

on the Quantum Computer. The 2 first Steps on a classical computer

are enough to generate the results of the 43*43 matrix.

I'am eager to know if the full 6 Steps give better performance.

> I hope this helps,

>

> Peter Shor

Many thanks for your time and effort to help me.

Nicolaas Vroom.

Dec 20, 2002, 7:37:31 PM12/20/02

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Peter Shor wrote:

> You need this type of step to compute a quantum Fourier transform.

To understand if FFT's work on a Quantum Computer (QC) I have

a number of questions.

See http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/~mermin/qcomp/chap1.pdf page 18

1. Suppose I have a QC which contains 100 Qubits.

all with the same amplitudes amplitude a and b that

p = a^2 = b^2 = 1/2

If I measure now 50 of those Qubits than I will find on average

25 which are in state 1 and 25 which are in state 0

If I measure so time later the 50 other Qubits than I will find

(I expect) on average the same result i.e.

25 which are in state 1 and 25 which are in state 0

The reason for this question is that if we consider Qubits

which are build the same i.e. with a 50% probability

to be in state 1 and 50% probability to be in state 0

than they maintain this state.

In Schrodinger's Cat experiment this is not the case

because it starts from radio active decay element which

has a certain half life time value.

If you open the box shortly after the start of the

experiment you have a high chance that the cat is alive.

If you open the box long after the start of the

experiment you have a low chance that the cat is alive.

As such the outcome of the Schrodingers cat experiment is time

critical.

I assume that measuring Qbits is not time critical (on average)

2. Suppose I have a Register R with 3 Qubits.

What can I do with this Register

a) Can we initialize R with 8 (all) zero's?

b) Can we initialize R with the numbers 0 to 7 ?

c) Can we initialize R with 4 zero's and 4 sevens ?

In case a does this mean we alsways measure a zero ?

In case b does this mean we have the same chance

to measure a 0 or a 1 or a 2 etc or a 7 ?

In case c does this mean that we never will measure

the values 1 to 6 ?

3. Suppose I have two Registers R1 and R2

each consisting of 6 Qubits and

each initialized (the same) with the values

0,1,2,3 and 4. (with equal probability)

Now I want to Multiply those 2 Registers and store

the result in a third Register R3.

That means 0 * 0, 1 * 1, 2 * 2, 3 * 3 etc.

Does R3 contain the values 0,1,4, 9 and 16 ?

Are you sure that R3 does not contain any other value?

For example 6 or 12 (When measured)

i.e. 0*1, 1*2, 2*3, 3*4, 4*0,

The reason of this question is: are we sure that

the corresponding values are correctly selected ?

i.e. the cycle time of the two Registers R1 and R2

should be identical and stable

and the corresponding values should be correctly "linked".

Nick

Dec 20, 2002, 7:39:44 PM12/20/02

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"Kevin A. Scaldeferri" wrote:

>

> >Starting with step 5 you need a quantum computer

> >In step s discrete Fourier transform is computed.

> >Why do you need that in order "for factoring a given integer n" ?

> >

>

> You don't need a Fourier transform to factor an integer. There are

> many algorithms for factorization that don't use this technique at

> all. However, the key in this approach is the periodicity of x^a mod

> n, and you should be able to see that a Fourier transform is handy if

> you want to pick out periods of a functions.

>

If you study >

> >Starting with step 5 you need a quantum computer

> >In step s discrete Fourier transform is computed.

> >Why do you need that in order "for factoring a given integer n" ?

> >

>

> You don't need a Fourier transform to factor an integer. There are

> many algorithms for factorization that don't use this technique at

> all. However, the key in this approach is the periodicity of x^a mod

> n, and you should be able to see that a Fourier transform is handy if

> you want to pick out periods of a functions.

>

http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/shor.htm

and the simulation program

than you will see that IMO you can factorize a number with

(part of) Shor's Algorithm only on a standard PC without FFT's.

IMO Shor's Algorithm requires more steps/calculations

than a classical factorization algorithm

(For example 29*31 requires 420 steps versus 30 steps)

> >3. It is not clear to me if you can do this whole calculation

> >solely on a classical computer.

>

> Yes, but it will be slower

>

Peter Shor wrote:

No, quantum computers are not faster using the same

algorithm.

> >4. It is not clear to me what the advantages are by using

> >a quantum computer.

>

> Speed

>

See above.

Nick

Dec 21, 2002, 10:07:45 AM12/21/02

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In article <3E00886B...@pandora.be>,

Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote:

>If you study

>http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/shor.htm

>and the simulation program

>than you will see that IMO you can factorize a number with

>(part of) Shor's Algorithm only on a standard PC without FFT's.

>IMO Shor's Algorithm requires more steps/calculations

>than a classical factorization algorithm

Nicolaas Vroom <nicolaa...@pandora.be> wrote:

>If you study

>http://users.pandora.be/nicvroom/shor.htm

>and the simulation program

>than you will see that IMO you can factorize a number with

>(part of) Shor's Algorithm only on a standard PC without FFT's.

>IMO Shor's Algorithm requires more steps/calculations

>than a classical factorization algorithm

>(For example 29*31 requires 420 steps versus 30 steps)

That's nice, but it's really beside the point. What does your

simulation say when instead of the factors being 29 and 31, they are 29

and 31 digits long? Or 290 and 310 digits?

Because your later comments in the post lead me to believe that you

are confused on this point, let me explain that when computer

scientists talk about the "speed" of an algorithm, they usually mean

the asymptotic scaling of the algorithm for large inputs.

However, when

>Peter Shor wrote:

>No, quantum computers are not faster using the same

>algorithm.

He was actually talking about the fact that the clock speeds of

quantum computers are much lower than classical computers, for the

forseeable future.

When I said:

>

>> >3. It is not clear to me if you can do this whole calculation

>> >solely on a classical computer.

>>

>> Yes, but it will be slower

>>

I was referring to the fact that a classical computer can't truly

execute the same algorithm as a quantum computer. When a classical

computer simulates Shor's algorithm, it is running a different

algorithm which scales much worse.

This is a little subtle, since people are often a little sloppy with

the termin