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Igor Djuricic

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Igor Djuricic

Dec 2, 2019

AWS launches Braket, its quantum computing service

Amazon Braket is a fully managed service that helps you get started with quantum computing by providing a development environment to explore and design quantum algorithms, test them on simulated quantum computers, and run them on your choice of different quantum hardware technologies.

Quantum computing has the potential to solve computational problems that are beyond the reach of classical computers by harnessing the laws of quantum mechanics to build more powerful tools for processing information. This approach to computing has the ability to transform areas such as energy storage, chemical engineering, material science, drug discovery, optimization, and machine learning. But defining those problems and programming quantum computers to solve them requires a new set of skills. At the same time, gaining access to quantum computing hardware to run your algorithms and optimize your designs can be expensive and inconvenient. This has made it difficult to evaluate the current state of the technology and plan for when to invest your resources to maximize its potential.

Amazon Braket helps overcome these challenges by providing a service that lets developers, researchers, and scientists explore, evaluate, and experiment with quantum computing. Amazon Braket lets you design your own quantum algorithms from scratch or choose from a set of pre-built algorithms. Once you define your algorithm, Amazon Braket provides a fully managed simulation service to help troubleshoot and verify your implementation. When you are ready, you can run your algorithm on your choice of different quantum computers, including gate based superconductor computers from Rigetti, quantum annealing superconductor computers from D-Wave, and ion trap computers from IonQ. To make it easier to develop hybrid algorithms that combine classical and quantum tasks, Amazon Braket helps manage classical compute resources and establish low-latency connections to the quantum hardware. With Amazon Braket you can explore quantum computing, evaluate its potential, and build expertise for the future.

Experiment with multiple technologies

Amazon Braket gives you access to a variety of different types of quantum computers, including gate based and quantum annealing superconductors, and ion trap hardware. Amazon Braket’s cross-platform developer tools provide a consistent experience so you don’t need to learn multiple development environments and makes it easy to work with different quantum hardware technologies to understand which physical implementation will best fit your applications.

Run hybrid quantum and classical algorithms

Amazon Braket makes it easy to run hybrid quantum algorithms that combine quantum operations with optimization and other processes running on classical compute instances. This allows you to create iterative systems that help mitigate the effect of errors inherent in todays’ quantum computing systems. Amazon Braket supports the execution of hybrid algorithms as fully managed jobs, orchestrating the necessary resources to maximize efficiency and reduce cost.

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