Amazon's first product is Braket, which is a fully managed AWS service that the company is pushing as enabling scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers from quantum hardware providers, such as D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti. AWS said the service lets customers explore, evaluate, and experiment with quantum computing hardware to gain in-house experience as they plan for the future. It's a single development environment to build quantum algorithms, test them on simulated quantum computers, and try them on a range of different quantum hardware architectures.
The company has set up a new AWS Centre for Quantum Computing which brings together quantum computing experts from Amazon, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and other academic research institutions to work together on the research and development of new quantum computing technologies.
The cloud giant hopes the R&D will result in the solving of real-world problems through quantum technologies. The centre, hosted at Caltech, is aiming to provide the opportunity for customers to develop the necessary skills and identify when quantum is an appropriate solution, as well as learn how they can design algorithms and discover new applications.
Meanwhile, book-shifter has also set up a new Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab is a programme that connects customers with quantum computing experts from Amazon and its technology and consulting partners.
It is expected the lab will help all involved identify practical uses of quantum computing, and accelerating the development of quantum applications. Lab programs will combine hands-on educational workshops with brainstorming sessions to help customers "work backwards" from business challenges, and then go step-by-step through the process of using quantum computers, AWS said.