Amazon now offers quantum computing as a service

Google and IBM may be fighting for quantum supremacy, but Amazon is currently happy to be the intermediary – today it is announcement and launch of a preview of Amazon Braket, his attempt to turn the burgeoning field of quantum computing into a service that you can access via the Internet. "Amazon Braket is a fully managed AWS service, with security and encryption built in at every level," the company explains in a blog post.

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For now, it sounds like a fairly limited affair, where "you" means Amazon's business customers and where "service" is the ability to experiment by performing simulations on a set of existing quantum computers from partners D-Wave, IonQ and Rigetti .

“This new service has been designed to gain practical experience with qubits and quantum circuits. You can build and test your circuits in a simulated environment and then run them on a real quantum computer & # 39 ;, Amazon writes.

But Amazon says it's also the & # 39; AWS Center for Quantum Computing & # 39; creates a physical lab near the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where it can examine quantum computers itself – and, moreover, more use for quantum computers. The director of the quantum computing company confirmed to Wired that Amazon is working on quantum hardware.

Theoretically, quantum computers could count much faster than traditional supercomputers due to the fact that their bits can exist in multiple quantum states instead of just being on (1) or off (0), and that is what Google recently claimed to have achieved with his 54-qubit Sycamore quantum computer. The company says that its machine has successfully made a calculation that would cost the most powerful supercomputer in the world 10,000 years.

But quantum computers are also rare and extremely expensive, so Amazon is trying to turn them into a shared, managed and potentially scalable resource, as it does with its very valuable AWS cloud computing platform. That invisible server empire serves as the backbone for many of the internet services you use today.

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