Vancouver company credits cloud for success at Amazon Vegas conference

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 4, 2019

Today, at AWS re:Invent 2019, Amazon joined the Quantum Computing market with several announcements including a fully managed Quantum service and more. "You can build and test your circuits in a simulated environment and then run them on an actual quantum computer", AWS said.

Quantum computing has made some significant advances this year, meaning that Amazon is throwing its hat into an already quite crowded ring.

"In a data centre it would have cost us millions to get started, whereas on the cloud we were able to get started with just a tiny bit of funding from one of our founders, and that was it", he says. 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.

Results from Braket simulations are stored in AWS' S3 storage service, with resource utilisation being turned off when jobs complete. It takes its name from Bra-ket notation, which is commonly used to denote quantum mechanical states.

AWS has also teamed up with 1Qbit, Rahko, Rigetti, QCWare QSimulate, Xanadu and Zapata to form the collaborative Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab to help discover new applications and to find ways to deploy quantum computing within organisations.

The AWS Center for Quantum Computing will be a research center adjacent to the California Institute of Technology that will connect quantum computing researchers and engineers to accelerate the development of quantum computing hardware and software.

"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, senior vice president, Utility Computing Services, AWS, said in a press release.

This gives AWS customers access to gate-based and quantum annealing superconducting cubits from Rigetti and D-Wave respectively, as well as ion-trap quantum computers from IonQ.

Of course, quantum computing is a technically demanding field, and so Amazon notes that help is at hand in the form of the Quantum Solutions Lab.

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