Every presentation on the SYK Model (check any youtube lecture by Douglas Stanford, Juan Maldacena, Subir Sachdev, Alexei Kitaev, etc.) claims that it is exactly solvable in the large $N$ limit, thus providing key insight into the realm of strongly correlated materials. However, once I got into the gory details of the papers, the only solutions seem to be either
- Numerical solutions of the Schwinger-Dyson self-consistent equations for the green's function $G(\tau_1,\tau_2)$ and the self energy $\Sigma(\tau_1,\tau_2)$.
- Low temperature/Strong Coupling limit $\beta J >>1$ of the Schwinger-Dyson equations or the path integral formulation.
- First order approximation of the conformal symmetry breaking term in the action which gives the Schwartzian contribution to the action. This still needs exact calculation of the Schwinger-Dyson equations to determine a constant sitting outside the integral.
- Exact calculations can be made in the limit $q\rightarrow \infty$ where $q$ is the number of terms in the SYK interaction term.
None of this alternatives seem "Exact" to me. Numerical calculations can be done, in principle, for any system. Furthermore, every analytical calculation seems to heavily rely on some very specific approximations, regarding either temperature, coupling or time-scales.
So my question is: What are the exact results that can be obtained using the SYK model that are so enlightening for strongly correlated physics? In what sense do they mean "Exact"?