Members of NRI
Platform Services Development Planning Department
Mr. Takeru Sunahase (Photo right)
Mr. Izumi Watanabe (Center of photo)
Mr. Ken Doi (Photo left)
Our team is currently engaged in technical validation and R&D of quantum computers and mathematical
algorithms, developing a business called "Fiboat" to address challenges such as improving labor
reducing CO2 emissions. We are also creating an optimization solution for various industries such as
logistics, energy, and retail, leveraging
the knowledge we have gained from these efforts.
In recent years, it has become technologically easier to predict the future through machine learning and other methods, and we feel that optimization to support decision-making based on predictions is attracting attention in a wide range of industries.
Quantum computers are actively being researched and developed for practical use, with optimization being one
areas where they are expected to be utilized. However, in the field of optimization, many dedicated machines
and optimization algorithms that utilize conventional
computer technologies other than quantum have also emerged.
We are working to understand the characteristics of quantum computers and other methods with an eye towards the coming quantum age, so that we can choose the appropriate method.
Our team works on optimization problems for clients in various industries. In practice, when comparing quantum
computers and other methods, dedicated machines and algorithms using conventional
computers are often more practical options at this time. Especially for combinatorial optimization problems,
Fixstars Amplify AE is by far the largest machine capable of
handling problem sizes, and it provides all the necessary information for development, including sample code,
Another attractive point is that by developing programs using Fixstars Amplify SDK, existing programs can be seamlessly transitioned to the new quantum era without wasting time and money.
Fixstars Amplify AE and other Ising machines are specialized machines for combinatorial optimization
problems. One of their features is their ability to solve optimization problems involving quadratic terms,
multiplications of decision variables, at high speed. By exploring and implementing logic that can
incorporate quadratic terms into the formulation, the probability of
obtaining a good solution to be more applicable to actual operational settings increases. It is difficult
quadratic terms, and implementing the algorithm requires ingenuity.
Recently, we worked on optimizing the power consumption of "heat source equipment" in our data center and confirmed a prospect of about 10% power reduction under certain conditions. In this case, we went through numerous trials and errors to effectively utilize quadratic terms and gained valuable insights through collaboration with the Fixstars Amplify team.
NRI Press Release/ Quantum Computers Used in Demonstration Experiments to Reduce Power Consumption in Data
https://www.nri.com/jp/news/info/cc/lst/2022/1206_1 (Note: Japanese Only)
We eagerly anticipate further collaboration with Fixstars Amplify to drive optimization in the quantum era. We also have high expectations for Fixstars Amplify not only to expand the development and execution environment for optimization, but also to consider the development of a foundation for utilizing quantum computers for a variety of applications.
* All information in this article is based on information available at the time of the interview (April 2023).
As a development partner of Fixstars Amplify, we spoke with Nomura Research Institute, with whom we are examining the potential of the application of quantum computing technology. I personally share their stance of identifying technologies that can be "used now" to solve their customers' problems, while keeping an eye on the arrival of the quantum era. I am very grateful that Fixstars Amplify has been recognized for its advantages by a group of experts involved in research and development of quantum computers and mathematical optimization. Fixstars Amplify is a service that can be used for a wide range of use cases, from a free basic plan that can be easily tried out to system development by development partners such as Nomura Research Institute. Please contact us if you are interested, thank you.
Interviewer: Takuji Hiraoka (President & CEO, Fixstars Amplify Corporation)