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Optimal Parallel Quantum Query Algorithms

  • Stacey Jeffery
  • Frederic Magniez
  • Ronald de Wolf

DOI: 10.1007/s00453-016-0206-z

Cite this article as:
Jeffery, S., Magniez, F. & de Wolf, R. Algorithmica (2016). doi:10.1007/s00453-016-0206-z


We study the complexity of quantum query algorithms that make p queries in parallel in each timestep. This model is in part motivated by the fact that decoherence times of qubits are typically small, so it makes sense to parallelize quantum algorithms as much as possible. We show tight bounds for a number of problems, specifically \(\Theta ((n/p)^{2/3})\)p-parallel queries for element distinctness and \(\Theta ((n/p)^{k/(k+1)})\) for \(k\)-sum. Our upper bounds are obtained by parallelized quantum walk algorithms, and our lower bounds are based on a relatively small modification of the adversary lower bound method, combined with recent results of Belovs et al. on learning graphs. We also prove some general bounds, in particular that quantum and classical p-parallel query complexity are polynomially related for all total functions f when p is small compared to f’s block sensitivity.


Quantum algorithms Query complexity Parallel algorithms Lower bounds 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stacey Jeffery
    • 1
  • Frederic Magniez
    • 2
  • Ronald de Wolf
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Quantum Information and MatterCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.CNRS, IRIFUniv Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris-CitéParisFrance
  3. 3.QuSoftCWI and University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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