Using existing Jupyter laptops and AWS services, Braket users can assess current and future capabilities, including quantum annealing, ion trap devices, and superconducting chips. Amazon says the partners were chosen “for their quantum technologies” and that customers (like Boeing) and hardware vendors can design quantum algorithms using developer Braket’s toolkit. They can also choose from a library of predefined algorithms, and they have the choice of running low-level quantum circuits or fully managed hybrid algorithms and choosing between software simulators running in AWS Elastic Cloud Compute and quantum hardware.
In addition to running quantum algorithms, customers can use Braket to run hybrid algorithms, which combine quantum and classical computing systems to overcome the limitations inherent in today’s quantum technology. They also have access to Amazon’s Quantum Solutions Lab, which aims to connect users with quantum computing experts – including those from 1Qbit, Rahko, Rigetti, QC Ware, QSimulate, Xanadu, and Zapata – to identify ways to ” apply quantum computing in their organizations.
Beyond Boeing, Amazon says Volkswagen has tested Braket to gain “a deep understanding of the meaningful use of quantum computing in a business environment.” Other pioneers include electricity multinational Enel, biotech organization Amgen, University of Waterloo Institute for Quantum Computing, quantum machine learning start-up Rahko, Qu & Co and the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology.
Amazon Braket is available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Northern California), and US West (Oregon) AWS Regions, with more regions planned for the future.
Braket competes with Microsoft’s Azure Quantum, a service that gives selected partners access to three prototypes of quantum computers from IonQ, Honeywell and QCI. But Azure Quantum remains in preview. And other competing offerings from Google and IBM only provide calculations from unique, proprietary processors and quantum machines.
As a sign of its commitment to quantum computing research, last December, Amazon unveiled the AWS Center for Quantum Computing. The Caltech-based lab aims to “drive innovation in science and industry” by bringing together researchers and engineers from Amazon with academic institutions to develop more powerful quantum computing hardware and identify new quantum applications.