# Circuit Simulator

The *Circuit Simulator* is the “default” simulator in DDSIM.
It can handle all input supplied as `QuantumComputation`

from the QFR. This includes, but is not limited to,
OpenQASM and real files as well as pre-defined algorithm like QFT, Grover, and random clifford circuits.

Capabilities:

Weak Simulation [3]

Approximate Simulation with different strategies [4, 5]

Fidelity-driven

Memory-driven

## Usage in Python

Available backends in the provider `DDSIMProvider`

:

`qasm_simulator`

to simulate and sample from the resulting state`statevector_simulator`

to simulate and explicitly return the state vector (which will require an exponential amount of memory in the number of qubits)

Using the Circuit Simulator without Qiskit is also possible by passing a file name like in the following example:

```
from mqt import ddsim
sim = ddsim.CircuitSimulator("ghz_03.qasm")
result = sim.simulate(1000) # 1000 shots
# results will contain a dictional like {'000': 510, '111': 490}
```

This of course assumes a file `ghz_03.qasm`

exists.
Alternatively, Qiskit `QuantumCircuit`

objects can be passed directly as well.

## Usage as Standalone Executable

To build the simulator execute, build the `ddsim_simple`

(the name stuck due to historical reasons ;) ) CMake target and run the resulting executable with options according to your needs.

The standalone executable is launched in the following way, showing available options:

```
$ ./ddsim_simple --help
MQT DDSIM by https://www.cda.cit.tum.de/ -- Allowed options:
-h [ --help ] produce help message
--seed arg (=0) seed for random number generator (default zero is possibly directly used as seed!)
--shots arg (=0) number of measurements (if the algorithm does not contain non-unitary gates, weak simulation is used)
--pv display the state vector as list of pairs (real and imaginary parts)
--ps print simulation stats (applied gates, sim. time, and maximal size of the DD)
--pm print measurement results
--pcomplex print print additional statistics on complex numbers
--verbose Causes some simulators to print additional information to STDERR
--simulate_file arg simulate a quantum circuit given by file (detection by the file extension)
--simulate_qft arg simulate Quantum Fourier Transform for given number of qubits
--simulate_ghz arg simulate state preparation of GHZ state for given number of qubits
--step_fidelity arg (=1) target fidelity for each approximation run (>=1 = disable approximation)
--steps arg (=1) number of approximation steps
```

Note

The parameter list is abbreviated to show only the parameters relevant for the Circuit Simulator.

The output is JSON-formatted as shown below (with hopefully intuitive naming).

```
$ cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -S . -B build
$ cmake --build build --config Release --target ddsim_simple
$ ./build/ddsim_simple --simulate_ghz 4 --shots 1000 --ps --pm
{
"measurement_results": {
"0000": 484,
"1111": 516
},
"statistics": {
"applied_gates": 4,
"approximation_runs": "0",
"benchmark": "entanglement_4",
"distinct_results": 2,
"final_fidelity": "1.000000",
"max_nodes": 9,
"n_qubits": 4,
"seed": "0",
"shots": 1000,
"simulation_time": 0.00013726699398830533,
"single_shots": "1",
"step_fidelity": "1.000000"
}
}
```

If you are using this simulator, please cite [1].