Cooperation on first steps toward quantum computing

The fundamentals of applied quantum computing in the CAE environment were developed during an comprehensive workshop on applied quantum computing.

Published on March 28, 2023

In cooperation with Mercedes-Benz AG, DYNAmore GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, a comprehensive workshop on applied quantum computing in the CAE environment was held at ARENA2036 on December 14, 2022. As a first step, the goal was to develop the basics of applied quantum computing and to communicate and understand the fundamentally different ways of thinking and computing. In the second step, initial approaches to algorithm development for solving thermal problems in production engineering were developed and the basic use for applications in FEM simulation systems was evaluated. After this initial start-up workshop, specific implementations are now being carried out in small project teams and the know-how in QC algorithm development is being further deepened. With Mercedes-Benz AG as a partner, industry-related problems are addressed. DYNAmore and Mercedes-Benz AG are now jointly launching the use of quantum computing for CAE calculations. They are supported by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU.

André Haufe from DYNAmore says: "In this workshop, we were able to learn about the fundamentally different approach to programming quantum computers. We will actively support the technology within the framework of the cooperation with Mercedes-Benz AG and Fraunhofer IWU and contribute practical issues and know-how where necessary and possible. However, we are aware that the road to commercial application - certainly initially in hybrid systems - will still be a long one."

Quantum computer (image courtesy: IBM)


Mercedes-Benz AG

Mercedes-Benz AG is responsible for the global business of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans with 175,000 employees worldwide. The company focuses on the development, production and sale of passenger cars and vans as well as services. The product portfolio includes the Mercedes-Benz brands with the sub-brands Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me, as well as the brand smart and the product and technology brand EQ for electromobility. In parallel, the global battery production network is being established on three continents. Sustainability plays a decisive role in all business areas. The company assumes responsibility for the economic, environmental, and social impact of its business activities and keeps an eye on the entire value chain.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is a driver for innovations in the research and development of production engineering. Around 670 highly qualified employees work at the locations in Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig, Wolfsburg, and Zittau. IWU taps potential for competitive manufacturing in automotive and mechanical engineering, aerospace, medical technology, electrical engineering, precision engineering and microtechnology. The Institute focuses on scientific developments and contract research regarding components, processes, methods, and the associated complex machine systems and their interaction with humans – the entire factory.