Amazon Joins Tech’s Great Quantum Computing Race

Wired | 12/2/2019 | Staff
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The everything store has an everything cloud. Amazon Web Services offers more than 160 services from disk storage to satellite control antennas. On Monday, the company said it would widen its cloud menu to include access to quantum computers—Amazon’s first big commitment to a technology rivals IBM and Google say will transform computers’ impact on businesses and society.

Quantum computers are an embryonic technology designed to unleash more powerful ways to crunch data by encoding it into the odd physics of subatomic particles. IBM, Google, and several startups have built prototype quantum processors and signed up companies such as Volkswagen and JP Morgan to explore how the new devices might help tasks such as electric vehicle battery development or modeling financial markets.

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Amazon is now offering to induct companies into the mysteries of quantum computing, too. Starting this month, customers will be able to access quantum hardware from three startups via Amazon’s cloud platform, which has nearly half of the cloud computing market. AWS installed equipment at the facilities of startups D-Wave Systems, IonQ, and Rigetti Computing to link those companies’ prototype quantum processors into its vast network of conventional hardware. The quantum computing service is called Braket, after a notation used in quantum physics, and also includes quantum programming and simulation tools.

No one has yet built a quantum computer ready to do practical work, or that appears to be close. Bill Vass, a vice president of technology at AWS, says companies should start experimenting with the technology anyway to prepare for the quantum era. “We talked to hundreds of customers that want to start to learn to use quantum computers,” he says. Amazon is also starting a consulting group to help customers identify how quantum computing could help their businesses.

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