Performing computing and solving problems using the quantum behaviour of the
systems is an old dream. For example, the exponential complexity of the
many-body problems needs exponentially increasing computing resources, but
becomes linear when using registers of qubits (which can be manipulated
synchronously through unitary operators). Beyond specific situations related
to solving problems in quantum mechanics, the idea appeared that it could be
possible to perform generic computing (beginning with the elementary
operations) and move forward from the "classical" computers we have been using
those last decades.
The seminar addresses the aspects of the programming paradigm related to
the quantum computing, since there is an increasing interest from the
community of computing scientists, programmers and administrators. At the same,
time, there is a legitimate preoccupation regarding the evolution of those
professions, in particular at IN2P3 and a desire to join the (theoretical)
research effort expressed very clearly at the level of the European Community.