QSA – 1ST WORKSHOP ON QUANTUM SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE

DESCRIPTION & PURPOSE
Quantum computing is becoming real: Several vendors offer quantum computers in the cloud or on premise, companies invest to become familiar with this technology and its potentials, several software companies build corresponding tools, and consulting companies offer services to build solutions. Many applications will benefit from quantum technologies because a lot of intractable problems (in the sense of complexity classes) may realize up to exponential speedups on quantum computers.

However, software to be run on a quantum computer is quite different from software for classical computers. Thus, the current state of the art is that solutions are hand-crafted in an ad-hoc manner and a solid foundation for building and integrating quantum software is missing.

The goal of the QSA workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners from different areas of quantum computing and (classical) software architecture to strengthen the quantum software community and discuss architectural styles and best practices of quantum software as well as other aspects of the quantum software development lifecycle.

The workshop offers a platform for the presentation of novel scientific ideas as well as practical experiences and enables the exchange with experts from different areas of quantum computing.

KEYNOTE
Jay Gambetta, PhD (IBM Fellow & VP Quantum Computing, IBM), 15:00-16:00,
Title: “Quantum circuits, and the future of quantum technology in the cloud”

TOPICS OF INTEREST INCLUDE (BUT NOT LIMITED TO):
Hybrid Quantum Software
Architecture styles of hybrid quantum-classical applications
Architecture blueprints for hybrid quantum-classical applications
Best practices and patterns for hybrid quantum-classical applications
Integration and orchestration of quantum and classical components in hybrid applications
Specification & verification of functional and non-functional requirements of hybrid applications
Quantum Software Development
Development Process for building quantum applications
Lifecycle of quantum applications
Programming languages for building quantum applications
Data preparation and error mitigation techniques
Testing of quantum applications
KPIs and quality measures of quantum applications
Best practices and patterns
Quantum in the Cloud
Quantum computing as a service
Interoperability and portability of quantum software
Deployment automation of (hybrid) quantum applications
Quantum Applications 
Migration from proof-of-concept quantum software to production
Scalability of quantum software (e.g. sensitivity of increasing qubits, gate fidelity,…)
Migration between different quantum technologies
SUBMISSION
The QSA workshop invites authors to submit original and unpublished work. All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Computer Science proceedings format. Papers can be submitted in the following categories:

Full papers (max. 8 pages) presenting novel research ideas, significant empirical studies, or successful applications.
Short papers (max. 4 pages) raising new ideas, challenges, ongoing research or early research results, and future trends.
Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the workshop and present the paper. Presented papers will be published by IEEE CS Digital Library.


IMPORTANT DATES
Abstract submission: January 15th, 2021

Paper submission: January 20th, 2021

Paper notification: February 8th, 2021

Camera-Ready: February 15th, 2021

QSA will take place on March 22nd, 2021