IBM Quantum Awards: Open Science Prize 2021

<p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">IBM Quantum is excited to announce the fourth annual quantum awards (and the second annual Open Science Prize)&mdash;an award for those who can present an open source solution to some of the most pressing problems in the field of quantum computing.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p data-node-type="line"><span style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;'>This year, the challenge will feature one problem from the field of quantum simulation, solvable through one of two approaches. The best open source solution to each approach will receive a $40,000 prize, and the winner overall will receive another $20,000.&nbsp;</span></p><p data-node-type="line"><span style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;'>Simulating physical systems on quantum computers is a promising application of near-term quantum processors. This year&#39;s problem asks participants to simulate a Heisenberg model Hamiltonian for three interacting atoms on IBM Quantum&#39;s 7-qubit Jakarta system. The goal is to simulate the evolution of a known quantum state with the best fidelity as possible using Trotterization.&nbsp;</span></p><p data-node-type="line"><span style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;'><span id="isPasted">Read more at our blog:&nbsp;</span><meta charset="utf-8"><span style='font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;'><a data-attrib-id="MTYzNTM4MjU0NzU0NS1odHRwczovL3d3dy5yZXNlYXJjaC5pYm0uY29tL2Jsb2cvcXVhbnR1bS1vcGVuLXNjaWVuY2UtcHJpemU=" href="https://www.research.ibm.com/blog/quantum-open-science-prize" rel="noreferrer nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.research.ibm.com/blog/quantum-open-science-prize</a></span></span></p><p><span style='color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;'><span style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;'><meta charset="utf-8" id="isPasted"><span style='font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;'>&nbsp;Th</span><span style='font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;'>e competition will conclude and judging will commence on &nbsp;April 16, 2022.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p><p id="isPasted"><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Participants must choose one solution method and may submit their answer using 1) Qiskit Pulse or 2) solving the problem using Qiskit defaults, as outlined below:</span></p><ul type="disc"><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Each team or participant may only contribute to one submission</li><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Solution may only be executed on the designated device (ibmq_jakarta)</li><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Each submission must use Trotterization to evolve the specified state, under the specified Hamiltonian, for the specified duration (<a href="https://github.com/qiskit-community/open-science-prize-2021">as outlined in the included Jupyter Notebook</a>) with at least 4 Trotter steps.</li><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Only use Open Pulse and or pulsed gates functionality as outlined in the included Jupyter notebooks.</li><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Only use libraries that can be installed using either pip install or conda install and no purchased libraries.</li><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Document code with concise, clear language about the chosen methodology.</li><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">State tomography fidelity (for 4 or more trotter steps) must meet a minimum value of 30%.</li></ul><p><span style='color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;'><span style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;'><span style='font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;'>The submissions will be judged on the following criteria:</span></span></span></p><ul id="isPasted" type="disc"><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Performance as measured by the state tomography fidelity in comparison to other submissions (Max 15 points)</li><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Clarity of provided documentation and solution code (Max 5 points)</li><li style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Creativity in developing a unique, innovative, and original solution (Max 5 points)</li></ul>