22-30 July 2021
North-West University
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Random Number Generation using IBM Quantum Processors

26 Jul 2021, 16:15
Potchefstroom Campus (North-West University)

Potchefstroom Campus

North-West University

Oral Presentation Track G - Theoretical and Computational Physics Theoretical and Computational Physics


Conrad Strydom (Stellenbosch University)


Random numbers are used extensively in both cryptography and simulation, but are difficult to generate reliably using classical methods. We investigate random number generation on the ibmq_16_melbourne quantum processor, a 15-qubit superconducting quantum computer. By applying simple post-processing techniques to the random bits generated, we were able to extract a sample of random bits which passed the NIST Statistical Test Suite. This shows that, with some post-processing, solid-state quantum computers such as IBM quantum processors can be used to generate random numbers of sufficient quality for cryptographic applications.

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Conrad Strydom (Stellenbosch University)


Mark Tame (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

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