Lightning plugins




The Lightning plugin ecosystem provides fast state-vector simulators written in C++.

PennyLane is a cross-platform Python library for quantum machine learning, automatic differentiation, and optimization of hybrid quantum-classical computations. PennyLane supports Python 3.9 and above.


PennyLane-Lightning high performance simulators include the following backends:

  • lightning.qubit: is a fast state-vector simulator written in C++.

  • lightning.gpu: is a state-vector simulator based on the NVIDIA cuQuantum SDK. It notably implements a distributed state-vector simulator based on MPI.

  • lightning.kokkos: is a state-vector simulator written with Kokkos. It can exploit the inherent parallelism of modern processing units supporting the OpenMP, CUDA or HIP programming models.