Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Amazon Web Services brings quantum computing to the cloud

Amazon Web Services brings quantum computing to the cloud

"With quantum engineering starting to make more meaningful progress, customers are asking for ways to experiment with quantum computers and explore the technology's potential", Charlie Bell, AWS' senior vice president of utility computing services, said in a statement.

AWS is joining the commercial Quantum computing market with Amazon Braket.

"We believe that quantum computing will be a cloud-first technology and that the cloud will be the main way customers access the hardware".

Amazon Web Services has announced three quantum computing services that'll bring the super-futuristic supercomputing technology within reach of everyday folks, as reported Monday by CNET sister site ZDNet.

AWS has now announced five new AI services that build upon Amazon's experience with machine learning, and allow organizations of all sizes across all industries to adopt machine learning in their enterprises - with no machine learning experience required. They share a partner in IonQ, but AWS is opting for D-Wave and Rigetti over Azure's Honeywell and QCI. Those interested in a simulation can experiment with qubits and quantum, the units of measurement in a quantum environment, and have calculations performed by a quantum computer. Bra-ket notation is commonly used to denote quantum mechanical states, and inspired the name of the service. "It is a very powerful tool that can solve certain types of problems that are hard or impossible to solve classically". Amazon is also working on designing its own quantum computers. "They will not be used in isolation, but will be an important part of a hybrid classical/quantum solution".

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AWS Center for Quantum Computing, which will bring together quantum computing experts from Amazon, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and other top academic research institutions to collaborate on the research and development of new quantum computing technologies.

Meanwhile the new Amazon Quantum Solutions Labis a program that connects customers with quantum computing experts from Amazon and its technology and consulting partners.

As to the cost of the service, Amazon notes that pricing will vary according to the hardware provider chosen, and you'll only pay for the time which you use with the quantum computer.

Of course, quantum computing is a technically demanding field, and so Amazon notes that help is at hand in the form of the Quantum Solutions Lab.

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