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Qiskit 0.11 release notes


0.11.1

We have bumped up Qiskit micro version to 0.11.1 because IBM Q Provider has bumped its micro version as well.

Terra 0.8

No Change

Aer 0.2

No change

Ignis 0.1

No Change

Aqua 0.5

qiskit-aqua has been updated to 0.5.3 to fix code related to changes in how gates inverses are done.

IBM Q Provider 0.3

The IBMQProvider has been updated to version 0.3.1 to fix backward compatibility issues and work with the default 10 job limit in single calls to the IBM Q API v2.


0.11

We have bumped up Qiskit minor version to 0.11 because IBM Q Provider has bumped up its minor version too. On Aer, we have jumped from 0.2.1 to 0.2.3 because there was an issue detected right after releasing 0.2.2 and before Qiskit 0.11 went online.

Terra 0.8

No Change

Aer 0.2

New features

  • Added support for multi-controlled phase gates
  • Added optimized anti-diagonal single-qubit gates

Improvements

  • Introduced a technique called Fusion that increments performance of circuit execution Tuned threading strategy to gain performance in most common scenarios.
  • Some of the already implemented error models have been polished.

Ignis 0.1

No Change

Aqua 0.5

No Change

IBM Q Provider 0.3

The IBMQProvider has been updated in order to default to use the new IBM Q Experience v2(opens in a new tab). Accessing the legacy IBM Q Experience v1 and QConsole will still be supported during the 0.3.x line until its final deprecation one month from the release. It is encouraged to update to the new IBM Q Experience to take advantage of the new functionality and features.

Updating to the new IBM Q Experience v2

If you have credentials for the legacy IBM Q Experience stored on disk, you can make use of the interactive helper:

from qiskit import IBMQ
 
IBMQ.update_account()

For more complex cases or fine tuning your configuration, the following methods are available:

  • the IBMQ.delete_accounts() can be used for resetting your configuration file.
  • the IBMQ.save_account('MY_TOKEN') method can be used for saving your credentials, following the instructions in the IBM Q Experience v2(opens in a new tab) account page.

Updating your programs

When using the new IBM Q Experience v2 through the provider, access to backends is done via individual provider instances (as opposed to accessing them directly through the qiskit.IBMQ object as in previous versions), which allows for more granular control over the project you are using.

You can get a reference to the providers that you have access to using the IBMQ.providers() and IBMQ.get_provider() methods:

from qiskit import IBMQ
 
provider = IBMQ.load_account()
my_providers = IBMQ.providers()
provider_2 = IBMQ.get_provider(hub='A', group='B', project='C')

For convenience, IBMQ.load_account() and IBMQ.enable_account() will return a provider for the open access project, which is the default in the new IBM Q Experience v2.

For example, the following program in previous versions:

from qiskit import IBMQ
 
IBMQ.load_accounts()
backend = IBMQ.get_backend('ibmqx4')
backend_2 = IBMQ.get_backend('ibmq_qasm_simulator', hub='HUB2')

Would be equivalent to the following program in the current version:

from qiskit import IBMQ
 
provider = IBMQ.load_account()
backend = provider.get_backend('ibmqx4')
provider_2 = IBMQ.get_provider(hub='HUB2')
backend_2 = provider_2.get_backend('ibmq_qasm_simulator')

You can find more information and details in the IBM Q Provider documentation(opens in a new tab).

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