QM1 is our first Quantum Module, a patent-pending, Docker-like architecture for running quantum software. Such software allows data to be represented in a way that enables solutions to be measured quite rapidly on true quantum computers. However, today's quantum computers are still very expensive to operate and maintain.
We develop quantum circuits using quantum software. However, instead of running these circuits on true quantum computers, we simulate quantum performance using classical computers that employ hardware acceleration. The result: speed increases that are still greater than what you would get by spending an equal amount elsewhere.
Our approach cannot replace the eventual need for true quantum computers that are smaller and cheaper than they are today. However, for a large number of significant image processing and analytics steps that companies must run today, a drop-in replacement of a slow step with a QM can add great value.
Quantum modules (QMs) are a patent-pending architecture for enabling quantum software to interface with everyday computing workflows. It's very much like a Docker container for quantum applications, which we call QApps.
If you have at least one slow workflow step running on a container, virtual machine, or computing instance, as is the case in many processing and analytics workflows like the cloud-based one below, why upgrade all your hardware when you can drop in a replacement for that slow step. Same data in, same data out, just much less time going from in to out. At least 100x as fast as the step you replaced, or you can request a full refund. If you encounter this, we will offer 8 free hours of our time to help you reach a successful QM experience.
Best of all, no code changes are needed. Wherever the output went in the preceding step will be where the QM accepts input, and likewise the QM will deliver its output to wherever the subsequent step retrieved its input. For a Cloud QM, this would be cloud storage (S3 for example in AWS). These locations can be selected from the QM's control software for a plug-and-play experience.
Also, no quantum computing expertise is needed as long as our QMs are simulators and not true quantum computers. At some point, quantum computers will likely get smaller and cheaper and we may make the switch within our Edge QMs. The same software we use for all our QMs will be usable for true quantum computers as well.
As we develop new QApps to accelerate more workflow steps, you'll be notified. That way you'll always know what's available, in case you might have a need for speed on other processing steps as well.
If your data live in the cloud, then you should use a QM that's accessible from the cloud. However, there are cases where cloud access might be intermittent or absent. For such cases, our portable Edge QMs contain everything needed to support one containerized quantum app at a time with all the storage and eventual cloud data transfer you might need.
You can use our QMs in the cloud, in the office or data center alongside your other systems, or in portable data centers at the edge. There are some very demanding, data-intensive applications where cloud access is often not possible, such as in 3D and 4D seismic data collection for oil and gas exploration. Such processing is also needed in developing renewable geothermal energy: always-on, 100% baseload power without the expense of batteries for energy storage.
Many of our QMs will certainly find great use for the customer need they were designed for, which is to accelerate slow image processing and analytics steps in geospatial big data pipelines. It’s hard to beat faster time to actionable results at lower cost.
However, we see that software containers like Docker are now everywhere, and because of that, QMs may also find many other uses as well. A great many companies are using containers today because they have big enough data to send into their workflows, requiring multiple machines to run the same software. Such a step is likely to be a bottleneck in the entire workflow, perfect for one or more QMs.
If one QM can do the job of just 2 high-end machines for image processing, you’ll save money since you may end up needing many more such machines to see a 100x speedup. You’ll still have the same data going in and out, but QMs allow for those data to be represented and acted upon in a much more scalable way.
Our first product, the QM1, is a tabletop, touchscreen-equipped unit. The QM1 will include just one containerized quantum application at first, Q-Ortho. This application will demonstrate the usefulness of our QMs by accelerating a very slow but common processing step in geospatial image processing/analytics workflows.
Learn what our QMs are designed to do, what speeds and cost savings can be expected, and our roadmap for serving your company's data processing and analytics needs.
Click the above for a larger image of how a QM can be inserted into a cloud workflow to replace existing containerized algorithms responsible for particular processing steps.
We don't need a huge sales team to try to extract your very last dollar because your dollars are far more valuable toward enhancing the value you bring to your customers and their important work. You know what you're paying now, and you know you want to pay less than that for better service. Here is how we can make that happen:
[Your Annual Savings] = [Your Current Annual Bill] - [Your Annual QM Bill]
[Your Annual QM Bill] = [Annual Lease] + [Annual Usage]
The Annual Lease starts at a flat $20k per QM. That's as much as you would pay per year for one or two high-end image processing machines in the cloud, but with faster processing times. If your data needs exceed 20 TB of storage, the Annual Lease goes up to $60k per QM. The Annual Usage fee is measured in gigabyte-seconds (GB-s).
As an example, say that your previous workflow allowed you to process 10 GB in 100 seconds. That's 1000 GB-s. Our QM now enables you to process 10 GB in 1 second which is 10 GB-s. Your Annual Usage fee will depend on all jobs run, according to the price per GB-s at the time of the job. This price will be updated frequently to remain in line with that of major cloud providers so that you will always experience savings from your 100x speedup compared to before.
We see there will be quite a few quantum apps we can develop to serve many industry applications. Although only one app can run at a time on a QM, every QM will have access to the full range of available apps. These will be developed according to customer priorities:
Geospatial Image Processing/Analytics: RGB, Multispectral, Hyperspectral
- 3D and 4D Seismic Data Processing for Renewable Geothermal Energy and Oil/Gas Production
- Grid Optimization for Improved Sustainability and Resilience
Emergency Response: Near Real-Time Data and Analytics for Situational Awareness
Defense and Intelligence
- Earth Observation
- Critical Mineral Identification
Insurtech: Wildfire Risk Measurement and Mitigation
Automotive: Self-Driving Vehicles
Medicine: Medical Imaging, Diagnostic Screening
Security: Facial Recognition
Q. Why the effort to build quantum computers if quantum simulation can do a reasonably good job for far less?
A. A quantum computer will always give the fastest speed, but certainly not the fastest speed per dollar spent today. Also, there are some real limitations to quantum simulation that may prevent a 100x speedup from being possible for data above a certain size, depending on the application being used to process that data.
Contact us to reserve a QM for evaluation. You'll be able to make a deposit and we will provide you with access to either a cloud-based or shippable unit for one month.
If you don't see a minimum 100x increase in speed, you can request up to 8 hours of free help to get you there, or a full refund.
When you decide to go for a yearly lease, your deposit will be credited toward that lease. During the year, you will be able to update your QM with other applications expected to become available.
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