This is a Perspective on "Fast-forwarding quantum evolution" by Shouzhen Gu, Rolando D. Somma, and Burak Şahinoğlu, published in Quantum 5, 577 (2021).

We consider simulating quantum systems on digital quantum computers. We show that the performance of quantum simulation can be improved by simultaneously exploiting commutativity of the target Hamiltonian, sparsity of interactions, and prior …

Simulating the dynamics of quantum systems is an important application of quantum computers and has seen a variety of implementations on current hardware. We show that by introducing quantum gates implementing unitary transformations generated by the …

The Lie-Trotter formula, together with its higher-order generalizations, provides a simple approach to decomposing the exponential of a sum of operators. Despite significant effort, the error scaling of such product formulas remains poorly …

The difficulty of simulating quantum dynamics depends on the norm of the Hamiltonian. When the Hamiltonian varies with time, the simulation complexity should only depend on this quantity instantaneously. We develop quantum simulation algorithms that …

The ability to implement the Quantum Fourier Transform (QFT) efficiently on a quantum computer facilitates the advantages offered by a variety of fundamental quantum algorithms, such as those for integer factoring, computing discrete logarithm over …

Product formulas can be used to simulate Hamiltonian dynamics on a quantum computer by approximating the exponential of a sum of operators by a product of exponentials of the individual summands. This approach is both straightforward and surprisingly …

A unified framework for quantum simulation developed by Guang Hao Low and Isaac L. Chuang that leads to a simulation algorithm with not only optimal query complexity but also low ancilla overhead.

We consider simulating an $n$-qubit Hamiltonian with nearest-neighbor interactions evolving for time $t$ on a quantum computer. We show that this simulation has gate complexity $(nt)^{1+o(1)}$ using product formulas, a straightforward approach that …

With quantum computers of significant size now on the horizon, we should understand how to best exploit their initially limited abilities. To this end, we aim to identify a practical problem that is beyond the reach of current classical computers, …