I want to run a simple circuit with one qubit and a hadamard gate on a Quantum Machine. I want the result of every shot in a list. It works with a simulator and the get_memory function but this function can‘t be used on IBM Quantum Machines. Maybe somebody can help me

Thanks :)

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    $\begingroup$ To my understanding the memory feature is not available for all the devices but it is available for some. I think you can see which of your devices support it by using the backends method filtering. Also remember to set memory=True when you call run. $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2023 at 16:40

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Some backends do support the memory function. First check which all backends you have access to , using:

# Initialize your account 
from qiskit_ibm_runtime import QiskitRuntimeService
service = QiskitRuntimeService()

Then shortlist the least_busy and the one with memory, using this:

backends = service.backends(filters=lambda x: x.configuration().open_pulse and x.status().operational,memory=True)

backend = least_busy(backends)
print("Selected the least busy backend: ", backend.name)

This will give you the least busy backend that has the memory function.

Now just write the code and run, like how you do in simulator:

q = QuantumRegister(1)
c = ClassicalRegister(1)
circ = QuantumCircuit(q, c)



job = execute(circ, Aer.get_backend('qasm_simulator'), shots=100, memory=True)
data = job.result().get_memory()

and now for the actual quantum backend:

sampler = Sampler(session=backend)
job = sampler.run(circ,shots=10,memory=True)
data = job.result().get_memory()

This will give you what you want.


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