Unveiling the first fully integrated and complete Quantum Monte Carlo Integration Engine

September 12, 2023

Quantinuum Scientists have created a full Quantum Monte Carlo Integration (QMCI) engine – with some evidence of quantum advantage 

CAMBRIDGE, UK, September 12, 2023Quantinuum, the world’s leading integrated quantum computing company has published full details of their complete Quantum Monte Carlo Integration (QMCI) engine. QMCI applies to problems that have no analytic solution, such as pricing financial derivatives or simulating the results of high-energy particle physics experiments and promises computational advances across business, energy, supply chain logistics and other sectors. 

The QMCI tool, utilizing advanced quantum algorithms, will allow quantum computers to perform estimations more efficiently and accurately than equivalent classical tools, inferring an early-stage quantum advantage in areas such as derivative pricing, portfolio risk calculations and regulatory reporting. A white paper supporting the new tool reveals that QMCI benefits from a computational complexity advantage over classical MCI, and suggests the engine has the potential to provide quantum usefulness in its current form.

The white paper, A Modular Engine for Quantum Monte Carlo Integration, has been made available on arXiv, detailing, among other items, “the enhanced P-builder”, a tool for constructing quantum circuits representing commonplace computational methods used in finance. The white paper also proposes how users of the new tool could obtain quantum advantage without compromising statistical robustness in the ensuing estimates.

Ilyas Khan, Chief Product Officer of Quantinuum said “Quantinuum’s end-to-end QMCI engine – the first ever complete quantum solution, offers the prospect of an immediate boost to the productivity of users in at least two sectors: banking and financial institutions, and scientists who expect quantum computers to help them process the vast amounts of data generated in experimental fields such as high energy physics. Our QMCI engine is the culmination of years of work by our algorithms team, and highlights just how quantum computers will offer practical utility. Our modular approach also ‘future-proofs’ the engine as quantum computing hardware advances."

The engine has four modules - loading probability distributions and random processes as quantum circuits; programing a wide variety of financial calculations; programming different statistical quantities (e.g. mean, variance and others); and the estimation of quantum amplitude, which is the core source of computational advantage in QMCI. The engine features a resource mode, which precisely quantifies the exact quantum and classical resources needed for user-specified calculations – a feature which is essential for predicting when particular applications will enjoy quantum advantage. Thus, the paper reveals a direct line of sight to quantum advantage and concludes users will achieve useful benefits sooner still.

Dr Steven Herbert said: “The QMCI engine taps into rapidly growing demand for tools that help global organizations in finance and other sectors explore and evaluate their route towards quantum advantage. Classical Monte Carlo integration is the preferred method in a range of computational areas where analytic solutions are unavailable and it is widely recognized that these methods will benefit from a quantum advantage. By taking a modular approach, we will equip those scientific and financial professionals with a platform that supports them flexibly through rapid technological advances in the years to come.”

The new white paper sets out the areas that stand to benefit from the development of QMCI, beyond finance, including achieving efficiencies in supply chain and logistics, energy production and transmission, and data-intensive fields of science such as solving the high-dimensional integrals in high-energy physics. It concludes that use cases such as estimation and forecasting can benefit from the new QMCI engine in its current form.

Banks and financial institutions are expected to increase investment in quantum computing capabilities from $80 million in 2022 to $19 billion in 2032, growing at a 10-year CAGR of 72%.

About Quantinuum

Quantinuum is the world’s largest integrated standalone quantum computing company, formed by the combination of Honeywell Quantum Solutions’ world-leading hardware and Cambridge Quantum’s class-leading middleware and applications. Science-led and enterprise-driven, Quantinuum accelerates quantum computing and the development of applications across chemistry, cybersecurity, finance and optimization. Its focus is to create scalable and commercial quantum solutions to solve the world’s most pressing problems in fields such as energy, logistics, climate change, and health. The company employs over 480 individuals, including 350+ scientists and engineers, at eight sites across the United States, Europe, and Japan. For more information, please visit https://www.quantinuum.com.

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Kaniah Konkoly-Thege

Kaniah is Chief Legal Counsel and SVP of Government Relations for Quantinuum. In her previous role, she served as General Counsel, Honeywell Quantum Solutions. Prior to Honeywell, she was General Counsel, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC, and Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Energy. She was Lead Counsel before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Kaniah holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and B.A., International Relations and Spanish from the College of William and Mary.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller is Chief Information Officer for Quantinuum. In his previous role, he served as CIO for Honeywell Quantum Solutions and led a cross-functional team responsible for Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Physical Security. For Honeywell, Jeff has held numerous management and executive roles in Information Technology, Security, Integrated Supply Chain and Program Management. Jeff holds a B.S., Computer Science, University of Arizona. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Commander.

Matthew Bohne

Matthew Bohne is the Vice President & Chief Product Security Officer for Honeywell Corporation. He is a passionate cybersecurity leader and executive with a proven track record of building and leading cybersecurity organizations securing energy, industrial, buildings, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and consumer sectors. He is a sought-after expert with deep experience in DevSecOps, critical infrastructure, software engineering, secure SDLC, supply chain security, privacy, and risk management.

Todd Moore

Todd Moore is the Global Vice President of Data Encryption Products at Thales. He is responsible for setting the business line and go to market strategies for an industry leading cybersecurity business. He routinely helps enterprises build solutions for a wide range of complex data security problems and use cases. Todd holds several management and technical degrees from the University of Virginia, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University and Ithaca College. He is active in his community, loves to travel and spends much of his free time supporting his family in pursuing their various passions.

John Davis

Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis is the Vice President, Public Sector for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world to prevent successful cyber breaches. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, John served as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy.  Prior to this assignment, he served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, cyber, and information operations.