Bosch’s new partnership aims to explore quantum digital twins

by | Aug 1, 2022 | Technology

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Industrial giant Bosch 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 insights across various business units. This new collaboration will explore ways quantum-inspired algorithms and computers could help scale these simulations more efficiently.

Bosch is exploring quantum computing and simulation as part of its broader Industry 4.0 efforts focused on increasing data collection, analytics and simulation across its 240 plants. These efforts have connected 120,000 machines used in manufacturing and over 250,000 devices into new digital twin workflows. 

Multiverse is building a quantum software platform that works across different quantum computing technologies. Although most quantum hardware is still immature, the company has already discovered several quantum-inspired algorithms that perform better than conventional ones and have made it easier to deploy both across current supercomputers and different quantum hardware. The two companies hope to see the initial results of these new quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms working in Bosch’s Madrid facility later this year, which could scale across its manufacturing facilities in the future. 

Accelerating industrial simulation

Oscar Hernández Caballer, the senior manager of digitalization and Industry 4.0 Bosch Plant Coordination, at the Bosch plant in Madrid, told VentureBeat that the company had come a long way toward fully digitizing its facilities. His team has been working on finding ways to use this data to make decisions and control processes more efficiently with very short reaction times. For example, they have reduced the cost of production scrap by more than 20% in the last three years. 

“Thanks to digitization, we can identify the causes of production problems much better and faster and establish corrective measures,” he said.

One of the most promising use cases for the new quantum algorithms is creating better machine learning models more quickly. Hernández Caballer said quan …

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