QCI's quantum computer solves BMW's 3854-variable problem in 6 minutes

QCI’s quantum computer solves BMW’s 3854-variable problem in 6 minutes

70 times better performance than last year’s proven system.

QCI (Quantum Computing Inc.), a company specializing in quantum computing, announces that it solved a problem with 3,854 variables for BMW in just six minutes. This is an EQC solution (Entropy Quantum Computing) who achieved this record time as part of the VSPC (Vehicle Sensor Placement Challenge) 2022. According to the company’s statement, its new EQC quantum system delivered 70 times better performance than last year, based on D-Wave hybrid quantum process.

Credit: BMW

The challenge: place sensors in a BWM autonomous vehicle with 3,854 variables and more than 500 constraints. An exceedingly complex task due to the multitude of variables that must be taken into account (frame design, freedom from obstruction, balancing, etc.). In short, this is a problem that requires a lot of trial and error to arrive at an optimal solution; an ideal playground for quantum computing and its probabilistic approach to computation.

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15 sensors, for 96% coverage

QCI’s quantum system solved BMW’s optimization problem in less than six minutes. It resulted in the best possible layout for 15 sensors providing 96% coverage of the vehicle. For comparison, QCI reports that a NISQ quantum computer (Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum) of IBM’s QPU Eagle type can process only 127 variables for a problem of comparable complexity. The company considers that its performance illustrates the capacities of its quantum system to solve concrete problems, including in an industrial context.

Bob Liscouski, CEO of QCI, said: “We are very proud to have achieved what we consider to be an important result in the evolution of quantum computing. We believe this proves that innovative quantum computing technologies can solve real business problems today. What is even more significant is the complexity of the problem solved. This was not just a rudimentary problem to show that quantum solutions will one day be workable; this was a very concrete and major problem whose resolution can potentially help the autonomous vehicle industry. »

Source: QCI

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