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AWS Braket lets customers experiment with a range of quantum computing hardware

[2019.12.02, Mon 19:05] "With quantum engineering starting to make more meaningful progress, customers are asking for ways to experiment with quantum computers and explore the technology's potential," said AWS senior vice president Charlie Bell. AWS Braket, which launches today in preview, is a fully managed service that provides customers a development environment to build quantum algorithms, test them on simulated quantum computers, and try them on a range of different quantum hardware architectures. Amazon says partners were chosen "For their quantum technologies," and that both customers and hardware providers can design quantum algorithms using the Braket developer toolkit. Alongside Braket, Amazon announced the AWS Center for Quantum Computing, a new laboratory to be established at Caltech with the goal of "Boosting innovation in science and industry." According to the company, it'll bring together Amazon researchers and engineers with academic institutions in quantum computing to develop more powerful quantum computing hardware and identify novel quantum applications. Lastly, Amazon debuted the Quantum Solutions Lab, which aims to connect AWS customers with quantum computing experts - including those from 1Qbit, Rahko, Rigetti, QCWare, QSimulate, Xanadu, and Zapata - to identify ways to apply quantum computing inside their organizations. Amazon's trio of announcements come after Google made available to cloud customers its Bristlecone quantum processor, and after IBM began giving enterprise customers and research institutions remote access to its quantum machine. In November, another competitor - Microsoft - took the wraps off of Azure Quantum, a service that offers select partners access to three prototype quantum computers from IonQ, Honeywell, and QCI. The quantum computing market could prove to be a lucrative new source of revenue for AWS. According to some analysts, it'll reach nearly $1 billion by 2025 up from $89.35 million in 2016.
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