Airbus launches quantum computing challenge to transform the aircraft lifecycle
Airbus has launched a global competition in quantum computing, inviting experts to propose and develop solutions for complex optimisation and modelisation across the full aircraft lifecycle.
With the Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC), Airbus says it wants to “take science out of the lab and into industry”, by applying newly available computing capabilities to real-life industrial cases.
With traditional computers approaching their limits, the quantum computer promises to deliver a new level of computational power. As an active user of High Performance Computing (HPC), Airbus is already extending current capacity by integrating and leveraging quantum technologies in fields such as route optimisation and satellite imagery.
Through the challenge, Airbus is looking to further explore solutions that quantum technologies can bring through the sharing of in-house and external knowledge, data and expertise. Five distinct challenges have been identified in the flight physics domain that have an impact on all aspects of Airbus’ business, from design and operations, to airline revenue streams.
With varying degrees of complexity, the statements range from the simple optimisation of aircraft climb to the more complex optimisation of wing-box design.
Open to post-graduate students, PhDs, academics, researchers, start-ups and professionals in the field of quantum computing, individuals or teams will compete for hardware access and for the opportunity to mature their ideas for industrialisation, working collaboratively with Airbus industry experts. The AQCC will run throughout 2019.
In October last year, Boeing announced a new Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) organisation to leverage quantum computing for advanced commercial and government aerospace applications.