Amazon launches Braket quantum computing service into general availability

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Amazon today announced the general availability of Amazon Braket, a fully managed Amazon Web Services (AWS) product that provides a development environment for exploring and designing new quantum algorithms. Customers can tap Braket – which premiered last December – to test and troubleshoot algorithms on simulated quantum computers running in the cloud to verify their implementation, then run those algorithms on quantum processors. in systems from D-Wave, IonQ and Rigetti.In theory, quantum computing has the potential to solve problems beyond the reach of classical computers by exploiting the laws of quantum mechanics to build powerful information processing tools. The resulting scientific discoveries could transform energy storage, chemical engineering, drug discovery, financial portfolio optimization, machine learning, and more. But making progress in the field requires in-house expertise, access to quantum hardware, or a combination of both. Amazon says managed quantum infrastructure could help facilitate research and education in quantum technologies and accelerate future breakthroughs.

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.

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