quantum computing

AWS opens door to quantum as a service

Amazon Web Services announced the preview of a new cloud-based development environment that allows users to experiment with quantum computing.

Amazon Braket is a fully managed service where scientists, researchers and developers can build, test and run quantum computing algorithms without having to manage infrastructure, work with multiple vendors and integrate different environments. Users can design their own quantum algorithms from scratch or choose from a set of pre-built algorithms to run on different types of quantum computing hardware from AWS partners D-Wave (quantum annealing), IonQ (trapped-ion) and Rigetti (gate-based) through the AWS cloud.

To facilitate development of hybrid algorithms that combine classical and quantum tasks, Amazon Braket helps manage classical compute resources and establish low-latency connections to the quantum hardware.

AWS also announced the launch of the Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab, a program that connects quantum users with experts from Amazon and its technology and consulting partners. Additionally, AWS Center for Quantum computing, a research center at the California Institute of Technology will bring together quantum experts from Amazon and academia to collaborate on solving longer-term technical challenges to quantum computing.

"We believe that quantum computing will be a cloud-first technology and that the cloud will be the main way customers access the hardware," said Charlie Bell, AWS senior vice president of utility computing services. "We’re making it easier for customers to gain experience using quantum computers and to work with experts from AWS and our partners to figure out how they can benefit from the technology. And with our AWS Center for Quantum Computing and academic partnerships, we join the effort across the scientific and industrial communities to help accelerate the promise of quantum computing.”

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA and MA from West Chester University and did Ph.D. work in English at the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at smiller@gcn.com or @sjaymiller.

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