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Welcome to Topcoder’s New Quantum Computing Challenge Series!

Welcome to Topcoder’s new Quantum computing challenge series!

Are you interested in Quantum Computing, but haven’t had a chance to get to know it better yet? Do you want to get in touch with the world’s newest technology that one could possibly imagine? Then here is your chance!

Fujitsu, the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, has just announced the launch of their Quantum-inspired computer called Digital Annealer or “DA”.


Digital Annealer uses a digital circuit design inspired by quantum phenomena. Digital Annealer is a new computer architecture that focuses on rapidly solving combinatorial optimization problems. It can solve difficult problems within several seconds that take classical computers a considerable amount of time to process.

Since Digital Annealer is built using existing semiconductor technology, it operates stably at normal temperatures without requiring a special cooling system. Digital Annealer has demonstrated a great ability to practically solve various combinatorial optimization problems which require large-scale computation and high accuracy.

Fujitsu is pairing up with Topcoder to run several challenges where you will be able to learn some of the basics of the Quantum computing technology, it’s programming methodology, and be able to solve a basic real-world problem in an actual challenge.

The Challenges

Learning Challenge 1


February 1st
First 30 submissions with no errors earn $50!

Learning Challenge 2


February 15th
First 30 submissions with no errors earn $50!

Learning Challenge 3


March 1st
First 30 submissions with no errors earn $50!

Marathon Match


March 15th
Awards total $11,500 in prizes!

3 Learning Challenges

In these challenges, you will be able to start learning the basics of Quantum Computing using Fujitsu’s Digital Annealer by following the tutorial. The initial 30 members who successfully submit the code without errors will earn $50 in prize money.

A Marathon Match

Around March of 2019, we will be running a sponsored Marathon Match where we will release a basic real-world problem for you to provide the solution using DA. Our sponsor will be awarding total prizes of more than $11,500 to our top winners!


Ready to get your feet wet and start learning more about Quantum Computing and Digital Annealer?

For beginners, check out this video which explains about DA and how it is used.

When you are done with that, head on over to our References page for more articles and information!

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