The Simulated Bifurcation Machine™, an Ising machine comprising Toshiba’s innovative quantum-inspired algorithms and corresponding computer solutions for solving combinatorial optimization problems*1, is the company’s star technology for bringing higher efficiencies to industry sectors that must make optimal complex decisions in short time spans, such as finance, logistics, and communications.
Toshiba released the Simulated Bifurcation Machine™ as a cloud service on the AWS market place in July 2019. The cloud service offers easy access to the software, and is suitable for handling big-data computation. The addition of the on-premises Simulated Bifurcation Machine™ to the product line meets market demand for real-time systems that deliver optimal responses to ever-changing situations.
Incorporated into a user’s in-house devices, the on-premises Simulated Bifurcation Machine™ can directly feedback optimization results in real time, avoiding the communications latency that results from use of remote data centers—an important concern in responding instantaneously to fast changing real-world situations.
Toshiba provides a high-performance processing circuit image for the simulated bifurcation algorithms as field programmable gate array (FPGA) configuration data that users can write to commercially available FPGAs. They can then easily configure real-time systems by plugging the FPGAs into different types of prototyping machines (Figure 2). Toshiba also provides an application programming interface (API) that allows users to develop specific applications in either C or Python, both widely used programming languages.