quantum computing

AWS launches cloud-based quantum computing

Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of Amazon Braket, a service that taps AWS cloud resources to run quantum computing algorithms on simulated quantum computers, reducing the need for developers to set up and manage their own infrastructure.

 First introduced last December at re:Invent, Amazon Braket also frees developers from having to write custom code or make arrangements with multiple vendors to access their quantum computers. Customers can use Amazon Braket to run their quantum algorithms on their choice of quantum processors based on different technologies, superconducting quantum annealers from D-Wave, trapped ion processors from IonQ or superconducting quantum processors from Rigetti, AWS said in its announcement.

It also offers cross-platform developer and a growing library of pre-built algorithms, giving developers  a consistent experience without the need to work in multiple development environments.

"Amazon Braket lets customers get started quickly, using familiar tools like Jupyter notebooks to access pre-installed developer tools that can be used to design quantum algorithms, visualize results, and collaborate with others," AWS officials said.

Additionally, Amazon Braket can be used to run "hybrid algorithms" that combine classical computing with quantum to help overcome the limitations inherent in today's quantum technology. According to Bill Vass, AWS vice president of technology, "The cloud will be the main way that customers access quantum computers and combine those systems with high-performance classical computing for certain types of computationally-intensive research."

"Amazon Braket makes it easy for organizations to begin experimenting with quantum computing today," Vass continued, "from those just beginning to explore the possibilities to those that are already familiar with different quantum technologies and are ready to use it as a research tool."

A detailed demo of Amazon Braket is provided by AWS evangelist Jeff Barr in this blog post. The service is currently available in the U.S. East (N. Virginia), U.S. West (N. California) and U.S. West (Oregon) regions, but AWS plans to expand that list at some point.

This article was first posted to GCN’s partner site, AWSinsider.

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Gladys Rama is the site editor for RCPmag.com.

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