SQBM+ is a quantum-inspired optimization solution based on the Simulated Bifurcation Machine (SBM) that is a combinatorial optimization solver utilizing the Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm (SB Algorithm) developed by Toshiba Corporation. We offer a lineup of optimization solvers according to the intended application and have adopted a new SB Algorithm that greatly improves speed, accuracy, and scale.
Combinatorial optimization is an essential tool for addressing a wide range of social and industrial challenges that identifies optimal solutions from an enormous range of choices. Its diverse applications span domains that include financial decision-making, operating industrial robots, logistics, route planning, power grid optimization, and molecular level drug discovery. However, as the scale of any given problem expands, triggering an exponential increase in combination patterns, finding solutions on computers with a standard classical architecture becomes increasingly challenging. Companies around the world are addressing this problem by developing dedicated computers for combinatorial optimization.
In contrast, SQBM+ runs on standard computers and finds high-precision, approximate solutions (high-quality solutions) to complex, large-scale problems in a short time. The commercial launch of SQBM+ allowed Toshiba and its partners to verify the practicality of SQBM+ and the effectiveness of applying quasi-quantum computing to high-speed, high-frequency stock trading, computational drug discovery, energy management, and materials development.
We have been searching for real problems to solve issues in a variety of fields by cooperating with research institutions such as universities, as well as with corporations aiming to solve social issues as actual problems in combinatorial optimization. We provide systematized SQBM+ as a solution by utilizing the results of business co-creation efforts aimed at developing new markets and creating new solutions by using SBM technology, as well as the knowledge gained through various verification experiments in Japan and overseas. SQBM is an acronym for “Simulated Quantum-inspired Bifurcation Machine,” which means that it is derived from SBM that implements the SB Algorithm invented in the research process for quantum computers at Toshiba's R&D centers. The “+” indicates that this solution includes various services and indicates our intention to continuously strengthen the solution.
we provide execution modules on the current AWS Marketplace. We also plan to provide on-premise versions for highly-confidential applications unsuitable for cloud environments and applications that require low latency and to embed those versions in partner applications or provide them on an OEM basis. Furthermore, we will provide professional services such as education and support for formulation.
SQBM+ Version 2 can address larger scale problems related to investment portfolio management and drug development. we aim to leverage SQBM+ across numerous fields and to contribute to the resolution of complicated issues.