The Fixstars Amplify cloud-based platform offers customers a software development kit (SDK) and an execution environment for Ising machines, specialized machines for solving combinatorial optimization problems1. The SDK is designed to realize quick and easy application development2, and is compatible with all available quantum annealing and Ising machines3, mathematical optimization solvers4, and gate-based quantum computers5.
Combinatorial optimization is the identification of optimal solutions from an enormous range of choices. Today, optimization software is increasingly used to quickly find such solutions, and is becoming an essential tool for addressing many of the problems facing society and industry, with applications in domains as diverse as financial decision-making, managing industrial robots, logistics and route planning, power grid optimization, and investigating drugs at the molecular level.
SQBM+ is a powerful optimization solution, derived from the Simulated Bifurcation Machine (SBM), a combinatorial optimization solver built on the quantum-inspired6 Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm (SB Algorithm)7 developed by Toshiba Corporation8. It runs on standard computers and finds high-precision, approximate solutions (high-quality solutions) to complex, large-scale problems in a short time.
Until now, customers who used SQBM+ as a solver with Fixstars Amplify had to set up individual execution environments for the SQBM+ service. Now it is installed on the standard machines of the Fixstars Amplify service as part of the service menu, and Fixstars Amplify provides single-point support for everything from user registration to contracts and service. Fixstars Amplify customers no longer need to prepare or manage an execution environment for the SQBM+ service, and can easily use SQBM+ in a cloud environment.
Shunsuke Okada, President and CEO of Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation, welcomed the new service: “Quantum computing is starting to deliver notable results and achievements in optimization. The addition our quantum-inspired SQBM+ to the Fixstars Amplify quantum computing cloud service brings together two solutions that are attracting attention. I am very pleased to see an environment incorporating SQBM+ as a standard, one that allows everyone to easily utilize its powerful capabilities. I hope to see accelerated use of quantum technology in many fields, and its application in creating new industries, on the global scale.”
Takuji Hiraoka, President & CEO of Fixstars Amplify Corporation commented as follows:
“We are very pleased that Fixstars Amplify service has been selected as a partner for SQBM+. In an industry where research and technology development is constantly evolving, we believe it is important to provide practical solutions to uncover the problems our customers face and work with them to explore paths to solutions. We will appropriately combine quantum technology and current high-speed computing technology to further advance social implementation and make solutions to business challenges more affordable for our customers.”
SQBM+ as an optional Fixstars Amplify service starts at a monthly price of 300,000 yen (excluding tax), and it can be used immediately after purchase. Customers can also try out SQBM+ for free for one month with Fixstars Amplify's free trial plan. Click on the URL below for pricing details and to apply for the free plan.
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By promoting the platform, Fixstars and Toshiba Digital Solutions will provide customers with a one-stop environment for exploring solutions to optimization problems that society faces.