Welcome to Google Summer of Code 2020

For this summer, I will be working full-time on the open-source project QuTiP with a stipend provided by Google as part of the Summer of Code 2020 project to the umbrella organisation numFOCUS. One requirement of the stipend is that I blog about what I am working on throughout the project, and on any interesting parts of team programming I encounter, so that future applicants to the programme have an idea of what to expect. I will be doing that here, under the “GSoC” tag.

QuTiP is a Python library for dynamics simulations of open quantum systems, something that I have made heavy use of during my PhD studies. At its core is the Qobj class, which represents all quantum objects. Currently, the underlying data storage format is always a compressed-sparse-row matrix, which allows efficient simulation of very large tensor-product spaces, but introduces significant overhead when handling smaller, few-qubit systems. The aim of the project is to abstract out the data layer so that higher-level components can function seamlessly without worrying about the representation format, but the advanced user will be able to access accelerated functions by using the right tool for the job. You can also read my full project proposal in PDF format hosted here.