By Carolyn Mathas
Quantum computing hardware is not yet reaching the level of scale that is necessary to solve real world problems. The two primary approaches to quantum computing, for example, the gate model and annealing are limited in the size of the problems that they can process, and thus the ability to truly explore the real value of quantum computing. In response, Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI) launched its QAmplify suite of quantum software that is able to dramatically expand or amplify the processing power of any current quantum computer.
For example, QAmplify increases the problem set size that each can process. Gate model expansion’s demonstrated capabilities have been internally benchmarked at a 500% (5X) increase, while annealing expansion was benchmarked at up to a 2,000% (20X) increase. What this means that if an IBM quantum computer used QAmplify, it could solve a problem with more than 600 variables vs. current 127 variables, and a D-Wave annealing computer using QAmplify could solve an optimization with over 4,000 variables, vs. today’s limit of approximately 200 for a dense matrix problem set.
QCI’s latest software platform not only advances the state of the art of quantum computing technology as it stands today, but it also does it with an eye to future scalability. According to William McGann, Chief Operating and Technology Officer of QCI. “QCI’s innovative software solutions deliver expansive compute capabilities for today’s state-of-the-art QPU systems and offer great future scalability as those technologies continually advance.” For example, the QAmplify algorithm was used in the 2021 BMW Group Quantum Computing Challenge for vehicle sensor optimization, providing proof of performance by expanding the effective capability of the annealer by 20-fold, to 2,888 qubits.
QAmplify uses AI-Machine learning to amplify the effective number of qubits that they can claim in hardware. So far, QCI’s 5x to 20x results were obtained via internal benchmark and it is now validating the algorithm from a 3rd party perspective.
In addition to QAmplify, QCI just closed an acquisition of QPhoton, enabling QCI to deliver the first ready-to-run, accessible and affordable full-stack QPS that can be used by non-quantum experts for real-world business applications. This photonic system addresses the same type of problems that a D-Wave can solve—namely finding an optimization point on a very complex function. It’s purely photonic and every element is at room temperature, which is a huge differentiator for us,” said McGann.
See the original press release on the QCI website.
June 20, 2022