Internship at University of Parma

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Internship at University of Parma in Parma, Italy

Host: You will be hosted at the Distributed Systems Group at University of Parma, in Parma, Italy

Position open to: PhD candidate active in eligible countries

Length of the stay: Minimum of three (3) months, to be discussed with host organization


Individual quantum processors – limited in the number of qubits – work together to solve computational tasks exceeding the computational resources available within a single processing device.

Within QIA, UNIPR is doing research on DQC, with the purpose to implement network services that enable the execution of distributed quantum programs on real quantum networks. The success of a distributed quantum computation depends on a number of factors, including the quality of physical qubits and gates of the quantum nodes, the entanglement routing effectiveness of the quantum network, the efficiency of the execution manager that schedules DQC jobs for execution.

In this context, the intern will be working on a research study regarding the benchmarking of DQC platforms, considering a number of significant metrics. Several interesting approaches have been proposed to benchmark single-node systems.

For example, for NISQ computers, an important benchmark is to prepare states that are difficult to simulate classically [1]. The fidelity of the prepared state versus the ideal one is an important performance indicator, albeit not the unique one.

On the other hand, there is a lack of proposals for evaluating DQC systems. The intern will review the existing literature and try to devise possible extensions of existing benchmarking approaches to the DQC case, but also novel benchmarking approaches specifically designed for DQC systems. The correctness, effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed approaches will be evaluated both theoretically and practically, by means of simulations carried out with tools like NetQASM SDK.

At the end of the internship period, the intern will provide a report describing the research activity carried out.

[1] F. Arute et al., Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor. Nature, 504, 2019.


About the QIA Internship Program

In this internship call, there are five (5) available opportunities in Europe’s leading academic institutions, and gain first-hand knowledge and experience in enabling a European Quantum Internet ecosystem!

Depending on the program, internship opportunities are open to either master students, PhD candidates, postdocs or young professionals studying or working at a university, research institution or a company in one of the eligible countries*. The program covers a maximum of 5,000 EUR per internship to cover for travel and accommodation expenses.

You can learn more about the application procedure here.

Deadline of submission: 31 May 2023

*List of eligible countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

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