Amazon unveils quantum computing service

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By Rich Pell

Designed to let users get hands-on experience with qubits and quantum circuits, Amazon Braket – so called for the bra-ket notation commonly used to denote quantum mechanical states – is a fully managed AWS service, with security and encryption “baked in” at each level.

“Our goal is to make sure you know enough about quantum computing to start looking for some appropriate use cases and conducting some tests and experiments,” says Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist for AWS in a blog post announcing the new service. “We want to build a solid foundation that is firmly rooted in reality, and to work with you to move into a quantum-powered future.”

In addition to the classically-powered simulation environment, Amazon Braket provides access to quantum computers from D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti.

“These devices have a couple of things in common: they are leading-edge tech, they are expensive to build and run, and they generally operate in a very extreme and specialized environment (supercooled or near-vacuum) that must be kept free of electrical, thermal, and magnetic noise,” says Barr. “Taken together, I think it is safe to say that most organizations will never own a quantum computer, and will find the cloud-based on-demand model a better fit. It may well be the case that production-scale quantum computers are the first cloud-only technology.”

Along with Amazon Braket, the company also announced the AWS Center for Quantum Computing research center and the Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab, a new program to connect AWS customers with quantum computing experts from Amazon and a select set of consulting partners. The goal of the Quantum Solutions Lab, says the company, is to work with customers to find practical uses, and to help them build up their own “bench” of qualified quantum developers.

The announcement comes a month after Microsoft announced its Azure Quantum computing services.

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