Special Issue on Software Architecture for Quantum Computing Systems Submission Date: 2023-10-30 Quantum computing systems have emerged as a technology to address computation-specific challenges. Several technology companies like IBM, Google, and Microsoft have invested in the research and development of quantum systems. Lately, the software engineering community has started focusing on developing techniques and tools for quantum software models, algorithmic specifications, and simulation evaluations to benefit from quantum hardware.

The architecture of software-intensive systems aims to abstract complex and implementation-specific details in terms of architectural components and connectors to represent overall system design. Presently, Quantum software systems primarily focused on producing quantum source code while overlooking overall quantum software design and architecture. Such systems are often prone to bugs. The role of software architecture in quantum software engineering is pivotal to organize the overall requirements, which lead to software design, coding, validation, and deployment, all facilitated with architectural notations. Software architecture for quantum computing systems empower the role of software practitioners to model, implement and deploy the quantum software system.

This special issue aims to provide a venue to discuss various aspects of quantum software architecture, existing challenges, and potential opportunities. This special issue will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present empirical studies and discuss the issues related to software architecture design for quantum computing systems.

This special issue will seek submissions reporting original, unpublished research on software architecture for quantum computing systems covering any aspect of experimental, empirical, and evidence-based software engineering, for example, quantitative and qualitative methods for empirical evaluation of quantum computing architecture techniques, processes, methods, tools, and best practices. This special issue welcomes the submission form industry experts and research community on software architecture for quantum computing systems.

Suggested Topics

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

Topics of interest for the special issue include (but are not limited to) the themes as follows:

State-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in quantum software architecture

Systematic literature reviews and mapping studies on quantum software architecture

Controlled experiments and quasi-experiments on software architecture for quantum computing systems.

Case studies, surveys, observational studies, Delphi studies, and field studies on software architecture for quantum computing systems.

Evaluation and quality aspect of software architecture for quantum computing systems.

Frameworks and architecture description languages for quantum computing systems.

Best practices and lessons learned in software architecture for quantum computing systems.

Software design and architecture.

Design and architecture patterns.

Validation and simulation.

Industrial findings and experience reports of developing quantum software

Architectural patterns and styles

Prototypes and tool support for architecture

Development environments, frameworks and tools

Manuscript submission information:

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 30 October 2023

Notification to authors: 90 days (3 months)

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