--- jupytext: text_representation: extension: .md format_name: myst format_version: 0.13 jupytext_version: 1.16.1 kernelspec: display_name: Python 3 (ipykernel) language: python name: python3 --- # Error mitigation on IBMQ backends with Qiskit This tutorial shows an example of how to mitigate noise on IBMQ backends. ## Settings ```{code-cell} ipython3 import qiskit from qiskit_aer import QasmSimulator from qiskit_ibm_runtime import QiskitRuntimeService from mitiq import zne from mitiq.interface.mitiq_qiskit.qiskit_utils import initialized_depolarizing_noise ``` **Note:** If `USE_REAL_HARDWARE` is set to `False`, a classically simulated noisy backend is used instead of a real quantum computer. ```{code-cell} ipython3 USE_REAL_HARDWARE = False ``` ## Setup: Defining a circuit +++ For simplicity, we'll use a random single-qubit circuit with ten gates that compiles to the identity, defined below. ```{code-cell} ipython3 qreg, creg = qiskit.QuantumRegister(1), qiskit.ClassicalRegister(1) circuit = qiskit.QuantumCircuit(qreg, creg) for _ in range(10): circuit.x(qreg) circuit.measure(qreg, creg) print(circuit) ``` We will use the probability of the ground state as our observable to mitigate, the expectation value of which should evaluate to one in the noiseless setting. ## High-level usage To use Mitiq with just a few lines of code, we simply need to define a function which inputs a circuit and outputs the expectation value to mitigate. This function will: 1. [Optionally] Add measurement(s) to the circuit. 2. Run the circuit. 3. Convert from raw measurement statistics (or a different output format) to an expectation value. We define this function in the following code block. Because we are using IBMQ backends, we first load our account. +++ **Note:** Using an IBM quantum computer requires a valid IBMQ account. See for instructions to create an account, save credentials, and see online quantum computers. ```{code-cell} ipython3 if QiskitRuntimeService.saved_accounts() and USE_REAL_HARDWARE: service = QiskitRuntimeService() backend = service.least_busy(operational=True, simulator=False) noise_model = False else: # Simulate the circuit with noise noise_model = initialized_depolarizing_noise(noise_level=0.02) # Default to a simulator backend = QasmSimulator(noise_model=noise_model) def ibmq_executor(circuit: qiskit.QuantumCircuit, shots: int = 8192) -> float: """Returns the expectation value to be mitigated. Args: circuit: Circuit to run. shots: Number of times to execute the circuit to compute the expectation value. """ # Transpile the circuit so it can be properly run exec_circuit = qiskit.transpile( circuit, backend=backend, basis_gates=noise_model.basis_gates if noise_model else None, optimization_level=0, # Important to preserve folded gates. ) # Run the circuit job = backend.run(circuit, shots=shots) # Convert from raw measurement counts to the expectation value counts = job.result().get_counts() if counts.get("0") is None: expectation_value = 0. else: expectation_value = counts.get("0") / shots return expectation_value ``` At this point, the circuit can be executed to return a mitigated expectation value by running {func}`zne.execute_with_zne`, as follows. ```{code-cell} ipython3 unmitigated = ibmq_executor(circuit) mitigated = zne.execute_with_zne(circuit, ibmq_executor) print(f"Unmitigated result {unmitigated:.3f}") print(f"Mitigated result {mitigated:.3f}") ``` As long as a circuit and a function for executing the circuit are defined, the {func}`zne.execute_with_zne` function can be called as above to return zero-noise extrapolated expectation value(s). ## Options Different options for noise scaling and extrapolation can be passed into the {func}`zne.execute_with_zne` function. By default, noise is scaled by locally folding gates at random, and the default extrapolation is Richardson. To specify a different extrapolation technique, we can pass a different {class}`.Factory` object to {func}`zne.execute_with_zne`. The following code block shows an example of using linear extrapolation with five different (noise) scale factors. ```{code-cell} ipython3 linear_factory = zne.inference.LinearFactory(scale_factors=[1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0]) mitigated = zne.execute_with_zne(circuit, ibmq_executor, factory=linear_factory) print(f"Mitigated result {mitigated:.3f}") ``` To specify a different noise scaling method, we can pass a different function for the argument ``scale_noise``. This function should input a circuit and scale factor and return a circuit. The following code block shows an example of scaling noise by global folding (instead of local folding, the default behavior for {func}`zne.execute_with_zne`). ```{code-cell} ipython3 mitigated = zne.execute_with_zne(circuit, ibmq_executor, scale_noise=zne.scaling.fold_global) print(f"Mitigated result {mitigated:.3f}") ``` Any different combination of noise scaling and extrapolation technique can be passed as arguments to {func}`zne.execute_with_zne`. ## Lower-level usage Here, we give more detailed usage of the Mitiq library which mimics what happens in the call to {func}`zne.execute_with_zne` in the previous example. In addition to showing more of the Mitiq library, this example explains the code in the previous section in more detail. First, we define factors to scale the circuit length by and fold the circuit using the ``fold_gates_at_random`` local folding method. ```{code-cell} ipython3 scale_factors = [1., 1.5, 2., 2.5, 3.] folded_circuits = [ zne.scaling.fold_gates_at_random(circuit, scale) for scale in scale_factors ] # Check that the circuit depth is (approximately) scaled as expected for j, c in enumerate(folded_circuits): print(f"Number of gates of folded circuit {j} scaled by: {len(c) / len(circuit):.3f}") ``` For a noiseless simulation, the expectation of this observable should be 1.0 because our circuit compiles to the identity. For a noisy simulation, the value will be smaller than one. Because folding introduces more gates and thus more noise, the expectation value will decrease as the length (scale factor) of the folded circuits increase. By fitting this to a curve, we can extrapolate to the zero-noise limit and obtain a better estimate. Below we execute the folded circuits using the ``backend`` defined at the start of this example. ```{code-cell} ipython3 shots = 8192 # Transpile the circuit so it can be properly run exec_circuit = qiskit.transpile( folded_circuits, backend=backend, basis_gates=noise_model.basis_gates if noise_model else None, optimization_level=0, # Important to preserve folded gates. ) # Run the circuit job = backend.run(exec_circuit, shots=shots) ``` **Note:** We set the ``optimization_level=0`` to prevent any compilation by Qiskit transpilers. Once the job has finished executing, we can convert the raw measurement statistics to observable values by running the following code block. ```{code-cell} ipython3 all_counts = [job.result().get_counts(i) for i in range(len(folded_circuits))] expectation_values = [counts.get("0") / shots for counts in all_counts] print(f"Expectation values:\n{expectation_values}") ``` We can now see the unmitigated observable value by printing the first element of ``expectation_values``. (This value corresponds to a circuit with scale factor one, i.e., the original circuit.) ```{code-cell} ipython3 print("Unmitigated expectation value:", round(expectation_values[0], 3)) ``` Now we can use the static ``extrapolate`` method of {class}`zne.inference.Factory` objects to extrapolate to the zero-noise limit. Below we use an exponential fit and print out the extrapolated zero-noise value. ```{code-cell} ipython3 zero_noise_value = zne.ExpFactory.extrapolate(scale_factors, expectation_values, asymptote=0.5) print(f"Extrapolated zero-noise value:", round(zero_noise_value, 3)) ```