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Keynote Speakers

Kosuke Tatsumura, Chief Research Scientist, Corporate Research and Development Center, Toshiba Corporation

Large-scale combinatorial optimization in real-time systems by FPGA-based accelerators for simulated bifurcation


Combinatorial optimization problems are economically valuable but computationally hard to solve. Many practical combinatorial optimizations can be converted to ground-state search problems of Ising spin models. Simulated bifurcation (SB) is a quantum-inspired algorithm to solve these Ising problems. One of the remarkable features of SB is the high-degree parallelism, providing an opportunity for quickly solving those problems by massively parallel processing. In this talk, starting from the principles of SB, we review our recent works on the design and implementation of high-performance FPGA-based accelerators for SB and their applications toward innovative real-time systems that make optimal responses to ever-changing situations. An example of such applications is an ultrafast financial transaction machine that detects the most profitable cross-currency arbitrage opportunities at microsecond speeds. Also, we discuss the parallelism of SB in depth and show a scale-out architecture for SB-based Ising machines with all-to-all spin-spin couplings that allows continued scaling of both machine size and computational throughput by connecting multiple chips, rather than scaling up a single chip.


Kosuke Tatsumura is Chief Research Scientist at Corporate R&D Center, Toshiba Corporation. He received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics, Information and Communication Engineering from Waseda University, Japan, in 2000, 2001, and 2004, respectively. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at Waseda University, he joined Toshiba Corporation in 2006. He was a member of the Emerging Research Devices (ERD) committee in International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) from 2013 to 2015. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Toronto from 2015 to 2016. He received the Best Paper Award at IEEE Int. Conf. on Field-Programmable Technology (FTP) in 2016. He has been a lecturer at Waseda University since 2013. In Toshiba Corporation, he is leading a research group named Domain-specific computing, mainly developing FPGA-based accelerators for innovative industrial systems. He is also in charge of creating new businesses based on cutting-edge technology.