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Hybrid Quantum-Edge Computing: A New Computing Paradigm



Lijun Ma, Leah Ding


Edge computing has emerged to support the computational demand of delay-sensitive applications in which substantial computing and storage are deployed at the network edge in close proximity to data sources. The vision of a hybrid quantum-edge is to provide a fundamentally new computing paradigm by expanding the computing capabilities and security of edge computing with quantum computing and quantum communications. The distributed nature of edge computing networks will also enable new scalable quantum networking schemes and applications. Such a hybrid computing paradigm will achieve unparalleled capabilities that are provably impossible by using only classical computing or quantum computing schemes alone. In this paper, we introduce the concept of hybrid quantum-edge computing, followed by case studies to illustrate the concept. We hope this paper will gain attention from the community and inspire more research in this direction.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of SPIE
Conference Dates
August 21-25, 2022
Conference Location
San Diego, CA, US
Conference Title
SPIE Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XX


edge computing, quantum computing, quantum communication, networks, data security.


Ma, L. and Ding, L. (2022), Hybrid Quantum-Edge Computing: A New Computing Paradigm, Proceedings of SPIE, San Diego, CA, US, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created October 4, 2022, Updated November 29, 2022