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A Quantum Software Modeling Language

Pérez-Delgado, Carlos A (2022) A Quantum Software Modeling Language. In: Quantum Software Engineering. Springer International Publishing Cham, Switzerland, pp. 103-119. ISBN 978-3-031-05323-8. E-ISBN 978-3-031-05324-5. (doi:10.1007/978-3-031-05324-5_6) (KAR id:97519)


In this chapter we will discuss the development of a quantum software modeling language. We begin by discussing the need for a quantum-specific modelling language, and why existing 'classical' modeling languages may not be properly suited for the task of modeling quantum software. We then proceed with a discussion of the fundamental principles, or axioms, that any such modeling language should adhere to. We then present ‘Q-UML’ a quantum software modeling language based on the popular Unified modeling Language (UML). We conclude with some examples of Q-UML that showcase the expressive power of the language, as well as the importance of the aforementioned principles.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-031-05324-5_6
Uncontrolled keywords: Quantum Computation, Software Engineering, Software Modeling, UML
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.76 Computer software
Q Science > QC Physics > QC174.12 Quantum theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
University-wide institutes > Institute of Cyber Security for Society
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (
Depositing User: Carlos Perez Delgado
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2022 14:24 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:55 UTC
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Pérez-Delgado, Carlos A.

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