Amazon Braket takes on Microsoft’s quantum computing efforts

Amazon Braket takes on Microsoft’s quantum computing efforts

Boeing is an early adopter of Braket, and is experimenting with quantum computing to solve problems around fundamental materials science, complex system optimisation and secure communications, the airplane manufacturer's general manager of disruptive computing and networks Charles Toups said at the AWS Re:Invent developer meet in Las Vegas. As an industry leader of cloud solutions, AWS is happy to sell quantum as a service, acting as a middleman between researchers and companies who want to "tinker around with qubits" and three companies - D-Wave, IonQ and Rigetti - who all have their own supercomputers.

This announcement marks another step in Vodafone Business' multi-cloud strategy to partner with world-leading technology providers to help customers of all sizes succeed in a digital world.

Amazon's Braket service will give customers a single development environment in which they can build quantum algorithms using a developer toolkit, and test them on simulated quantum computers, and different quantum hardware architectures. "Amazon Braket is a fully managed AWS service, with security & encryption baked in at each level".

Both services will provide a set of tools which will enable companies to make use of quantum technology and develop features which will probably see the growth of quantum computing escalate as it becomes more mainstream.


Braket is created to give hands-on experience with qubits and quantum circuits, AWS "chief evangelist" Jeff Barr said in a blog post today. "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". It takes its name from Bra-ket notation, which is commonly used to denote quantum mechanical states. "It is a very powerful tool that can solve certain types of problems that are hard or impossible to solve classically". As such, it is best to think of them like a GPU (graphics processing unit) or a math co-processor.

"As the technology eventually reaches the point of commercial viability, AWS and its partners will collaborate on experiments with customers and guide them to incorporate quantum solutions into their business", AWS said today.

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.

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