Accession Number:

AD1094104

Title:

Analog Coupled Oscillator Based Weighted Ising Machine

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States

Report Date:

2019-10-15

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

We report on an analog computing system with coupled non-linear oscillators which is capable of solving complex combinatorial optimization problems using the weighted Ising model. The circuit is composed of a fully-connected 4-node LC oscillator network with low-cost electronic components and compatible with traditional integrated circuit technologies. We present the theoretical modeling, experimental characterization, and statistical analysis our system, demonstrating single-run ground state accuracies of 98 on randomized MAX-CUT problem sets with binary weights and 84 with 5-bit weight resolutions. Solutions are obtained within 5 oscillator cycles, and the time-to-solution has been demonstrated to scale directly with oscillator frequency. We present scaling analysis which suggests that large coupled oscillator networks may be used to solve computationally intensive problems faster and more efficiently than conventional algorithms. The proof-of-concept system presented here provides the foundation for realizing such larger scale systems using existing hardware technologies and could pave the way towards an entirely novel computing paradigm.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE