Bosch, an industrial behemoth, has partnered with Multiverse Computing, a Spanish quantum software platform, to integrate quantum algorithms into digital twin simulation workflows. Bosch already has an extensive industrial simulation practice that provides insight across many industries. This new collaboration will investigate ways quantum-inspired algorithms and computers might help scale these simulations more efficiently.
Bosch's 240 plants are being connected to quantum computing and simulation as part of its broader Industry 4.0 initiatives, which include increasing data collection, analytics, and simulation. 120,000 machines used in manufacturing, and over 250,000 devices have been linked to new digital twin workflows.
Multiverse is developing a quantum software platform that works across different quantum computing technologies. Although most quantum hardware is still immature, the company has discovered several quantum-inspired algorithms that perform better than conventional ones and have made it simpler to deploy both across current supercomputers and different quantum hardware later this year, which may extend across its manufacturing facilities in the future.
accelerating industrial simulation
He said that digitization allows us to identify production problems much better and faster and establish remedial measures.
One of the most promising uses for the new quantum algorithms is speeding up the development of better machine learning models. According to Hernandez Caballer, quantum computing has enormous potential in many use cases with many different parameters and materials. This early work could give Bosch a leg up in exploiting these new methods for machine learning and simulation.
Focus on business supremacy
The majority of the industry has focused on achieving quantum supremacy, which illustrates how quantum hardware can outperform conventional computers. This distracts from the possibility for early quantum hardware to provide real business value today.
So the real, difficult question is, what can you do with the current, tiny, noisy quantum computers now that your customers are using thats better than others? he asked. This is the tough question that most companies in the quantum software side, coming from pure physics, do not know how to answer.
Multiverse concentrates on those situations where they believe quantum or quantum-inspired algorithms such as tensor networks or a combination of the two will beat existing business tools. Olmos noted that opponents have argued that these devices are not faster than a supercomputer, which is technically accurate. However, Multiverse simplifies supercomputer workflows for business users to develop, deploy, and manage next-generation algorithms for business use cases such as portfolio optimization or regular machine learning training.
When quantum supremacy for business arrives, we expect business supremacy to be here, but again, the challenge will be to outmatch your competitors, according to Olmos.
Olmos said a key difference is that Multiverse is able to combine quantum and quantum-inspired solutions that the others are not currently considering.
Multiverse also provides Singularity, an enterprise-grade Software-as-a-Service platform that allows for the development of apps without the need for quantum expertise.
Olmos claims that singularity is a quantum phenomenon for the masses, not just for corporate scientists.
They have already developed low-code templates that support over 50 business use cases.
Multiverse received $10.25 million (10 million) from investors last year, including Quantonation, JME, Inveready, EASO VC, SPRI, and Mondragon VC. In addition, the European Commission awarded the company $2.6 million (2.5 million) in grants and 10 million in additional equity last year through the EIC Horizon Europe program.
Bosch's collaboration with Multiverse Computing is an example of how many established firms are now exploring quantum computing to prepare for more powerful hardware. Hernandez Caballer said his team is attempting to anticipate the future so that they don't get left behind.