QCI Releases Mukai 3.0 Quantum Software Platform
Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI), the technology leader in quantum-ready applications and tools, and only public pure play in quantum computing has released version 3.0 of its performance-leading Mukai quantum software development and execution platform.
The new version delivers greater problem-solving capability, more simplified software development and execution, and built-in connections to the widest selection of the world’s most powerful quantum computers (QCs), along with industry-first capabilities.
“While for most users cloud availability has overcome the high cost of purchasing QC hardware, accessing QC vendors via the cloud requires extensive technical know-how and special skills,” noted QCI chief technology officer, Michael Booth. “This still puts quantum computing out of reach for most organizations who could benefit the most from the power of quantum solutions. Mukai 3.0 overcomes these challenges now better than ever before.
“In addition to making QC software development and execution simpler and more affordable, Mukai 3.0 makes it even easier, more powerful, and scalable. We encourage developers and organizations to try Mukai today and discover firsthand how they can migrate their existing applications to quantum-ready solutions and realize superior performance in solving real-world problems—even when running their quantum-ready applications on classical computers.”
Examples of real-world problems Mukai can now more effectively address include reducing the impact to revenue or business operations posed by adverse environmental conditions, like hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and power outages. Companies can use Mukai to minimize such disruptive, high-impact events in real-time by helping to guide their response.
Improved optimization can also help research and design, like drug discovery, where better-predicted protein folding can speed the design process and improve efficacy. Portfolio managers can potentially maximize their return on investment by better optimizing asset allocations.
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Mukai 3.0 supports easy, direct connections to the widest selection of the world’s top quantum computers (QCs), including those offered by IonQ, D-Wave, IBM, and Rigetti.
Mukai users also do not need to know or implement the various highly technical methods for connecting their classical environment (Intel® or AMD processor-based) to these various QCs. Mukai’s powerful but easy-to-use subject matter expert (SME) interface saves developers and programmers significant time, cost, and resources, while vastly accelerating the development process.
The same high-level constrained-optimization interface Mukai provides for running applications using its state-of-the-art classical solver can also be used to test and solve problems on these QCs, but without program changes or setting up individual accounts with each QC provider.
Developers can exploit and evaluate different quantum processing units (QPUs) simply by selecting the target QC from within the Mukai interface. Mukai’s software execution layer can direct the execution of problems to either classical or a hybrid of quantum and classical computers based on user guidance.
In addition to easy connectivity, Mukai 3.0 also enables users to submit a binary constrained optimization problem to a quantum computer without having to learn deep mathematics or the various low-level details of their target QCs. While the simplicity in programming quantum-ready applications has long been available to Mukai users operating in the classical environments, the ability to easily create and submit such problems to a cloud-based quantum computer is new and unique to Mukai.
“Each of today’s QCs take a different approach to quantum processing, so some may be better suited to certain types of constrained-optimization problems than others,” said Booth. “Mukai’s simplified interface enables developers to program and test their applications on different QC hardware, but without needing to become an expert in deep math or a particular QC.”
Quantum-ready applications developed with Mukai will also 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.
Mukai has been the first and only quantum software development and execution platform to deliver performance advantages with quantum-ready applications running on classical computers. This best-in-class breakthrough in performance was highlighted in a benchmark study published earlier this year.
A new key feature of Mukai 3.0 is the ability to solve problems with a larger number of variables for constrained-optimization problems or vertices for graph problems. Since a computation can grow exponentially with problem size, increasing the number of variables processed simultaneously can be difficult although usually of high value. For Mukai 3.0, this number has increased five-fold, from 10,000 to now more than 50,000.
The expanded capacity supports the solving of larger or more difficult real-world problems in the classical environment while maintaining Mukai’s superior performance advantage. The only practical limitation to this capability for quantum computers is the capacity of the quantum machine, which can vary widely.
“While it may be easy to process simple problems that might have a million variables, those aren’t the kinds of problems most users want to solve,” noted Booth. “While constantly improving, today’s QCs are also limited in capacity in how much they can handle simultaneously. Our development roadmap for Mukai includes expanding such capabilities over time but without limiting performance or the difficulty of problems.”
Mukai 3.0 also features newly integrated functions that simplify problem-solving, such as for community detection, where the number of steps required to return a set of communities per-vertex has been reduced. This makes the process conceptually simpler by maintaining the user’s frame of reference. Simpler community detection can improve, for example, the search for patient cohorts that might benefit from the discovery of a new drug.
The proprietary QuOIR™ optimization layer of the Mukai quantum software platform makes it easy to leverage its superior performance in solving real-world constrained-optimization problems by automatically calculating a balance between obeying constraints and finding an optimal solution.
Mukai 3.0 is available today, and users will automatically receive the update upon their next login to the platform.
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