Fujitsu recently concluded its global competition, the “Fujitsu $100,000 Quantum Simulator Challenge,” aimed at advancing research in quantum technologies using its 39 qubit quantum simulator. The company revealed the four winning teams during the Fujitsu Quantum Day event held on January 25, 2024, in Delft, The Netherlands. There were 43 participating teams from startups and universities from 17 countries and regions. The total award amount was $100,000 USD.

Quanscient Oy from Finland clinched the first prize for their project on “Quantum algorithms for fluid dynamics.” Second prize went was awarded for “Quantum stability experiments on the Fujitsu quantum simulator” by Riverlane Limited. A third prize award was made for “Optimized quantum kernels for credit card fraud detection” by Qkrishi Quantum Private Limited and Bloq Quantum Private Limited. And another third prize was awarded to the University of Naples Federico II for “Interpretable and efficient control of smart cities with quantum computers”. Participants collectively spent approximately 56,000 hours utilizing the quantum simulator, yielding various research outcomes from error correction to algorithm development. Fujitsu plans to continue hosting the challenge annually, leveraging an enhanced quantum simulator with 40 qubits. For additional information, you can access a press release Fujitsu has provided here.

January 26, 2024