QCI Launches Free Trial of Industry-Leading Mukai Quantum Computing Application Platform
Quantum Computing Inc., a technology leader in quantum-ready applications and tools, is launching a free trial of its industry-leading Mukai quantum computing software execution platform.
The trial will enable developers and organizations to discover how they can migrate their existing applications to quantum-ready solutions today and realize superior performance even when running their solutions on classical (Intel or AMD processor-based) computers.
As a further benefit, quantum-ready applications developed with Mukai will be ready to run on the quantum computers of tomorrow when they achieve their anticipated performance advantage. This benefit preserves an organization’s investment in early quantum software development and ensures a competitively faster time-to-market when superior quantum performance arrives.
The introduction of the trial follows the recent publication of a benchmark study that showed that Mukai achieved best-in-class performance and has delivered on its promise of performance advantages using quantum computing software tools running on classical computers.
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While future quantum computers are expected to deliver even greater performance benefits, the study revealed that Mukai delivers today the best-known quality of results, time-to-solution, and diversity of solutions in a commercially available service.
This means that Mukai can provide better results than currently used software to solve complex optimization problems faced by nearly every major company and government agency worldwide. This breakthrough in performance eliminates one of the greatest obstacles to the development and adoption of quantum-ready applications.
“We see quantum computers working together with classical systems to provide superior performance than classical systems can achieve alone,” noted QCI’s vice president of product development, Steve Reinhardt. “Our Mukai platform enables developers to create applications that benefit from quantum advantage without having to know anything about the backend connections to a quantum computer. By providing this trial access, we are hoping to encourage and facilitate application development to solve real world problems—and not tomorrow but today.”
Quantum application developers can program and run their applications on Mukai to solve a variety of complex optimization problems. Such problems can occur in logistics routing, where timely delivery, reduced fuel consumption, and driver safety all come into play.
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Optimization can also significantly mitigate the impact to revenue or business operations posed by flooding, power outages, wildfires, or other adverse scenarios. Companies can leverage the robust and diverse solutions offered by Mukai to minimize such disruptive, high-impact events in real-time.
Optimization can also be valuable in R&D contexts like drug design, where better predicted protein folding can speed the design process, increase drug efficacy, and guide the search for patient cohorts who might benefit. Portfolio managers can maximize return on investments by optimizing their asset allocations. Altogether, such optimizations can generate hundreds of billions of dollars in savings annually.
CTO Mike Booth, the author of the popular QCI qbsolv solver, a key part of the Mukai platform, commented: “Our Mukai solution has demonstrated superior performance compared to other solvers, enabling application developers to solve many of the complex problems that quantum computers are expected to eventually tackle, but in today’s classical computing environment. Given the vast cost-saving potential of optimizations made possible by Mukai, we cannot imagine a more compelling value proposition for our commercial and governmental trial users.”
The trial grants free access to the entire, fully functioning Mukai platform:
- Mukai API for calling a proprietary set of highly optimized quantum-ready solvers.
- QuOIR optimization layer which makes it easier to apply Mukai’s superior performance to real-world constrained-optimization problems by automatically calculating a balance between obeying constraints and finding an optimal solution.
- Software execution layer that directs execution of problems to either classical or hybrid quantum-classical computers based on user guidance.
- Highly-optimized and parallelized solvers that execute on a cloud-based classical computer infrastructure and deliver differentiated performance many quantum-ready algorithms.
The platform’s cloud-based approach provides developers a highly effective and practical way to develop applications to solve many difficult problems. While quantum computing is typically a very high-dollar investment given the sophisticated and costly hardware requirements, Mukai makes quantum application development affordable and scalable compared to running solutions on a quantum annealer or computer.