Amazon Unveils Quantum Computing Service
The cloud service division of a global tech giant, Amazon has rolled out its new service of quantum computing. However, initially, this service is offered one to the selected enterprise clients of Amazon around the world with the objective of understanding how this concept is going to work. The quantum computing, in recent days, has become a major talking point in the tech world, questions are being asked whether this emerging technology has the potential to be a substitute of cloud computing or not. Like many tech companies, Amazon is also working on this project.
As per the officials of Amazon Web Services Inc., quantum computing service is still in a preview phase. The new platform provided to the selected enterprises will let them explore the many perks associated with quantum computers by the building and testing of the quantum algorithms in simulations. The selected enterprise customers will be provided with access to the many early-stage hardware of quantum computing, from top-ranked international providers including the IonQ Inc, D-Wave Systems Inc., and Rigetti Computing.
Charlie Bell, a senior vice president at AWS, said in a statement, “Customers are asking for ways to experiment with quantum computers and explore the technology’s potential,”
The term Braket refers to as the “Bra-Ket,” this is special notation which has been given for describing the quantum states. And, by 2020, the quantum computing service will be launched for the Amazon customers.
Before Amazon, tech giants Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have previously announced their quantum computing efforts,
IBM and Microsoft have invested big money with the prospect of how quantum computing hardware can be an alternative to the could. As per the last data released last year, Microsoft and Amazon hold a 60% share of the cloud computing market.
Earlier Boeing.co has declared its plans of collaborating with the Amazon AWS for exploring the potential applications when it comes to quantum computing, and it is anticipated how the technology will speed up the materials-science research, and how it will ensure secure communications.
According to Bill Vass, the vice president of the AWS technology, quantum computing is highly beneficial to the logistics and transportation companies. The quantum computing will be supporting people in the logistic companies to find the best routes easily, avoiding traffic in real-time.
he said. “Quantum computing has the potential to solve some complicated problems that are hard to get done with current algorithms on existing computers,” he said.
However, Bill Vass hasn’t disclosed how much AWS be investing in quantum computing technology, but he said the amount will be significant.
In a blog post, Amazon Web Services revealed that with the aim of promoting this emerging technology, the company will set up a dedicated AWS center for quantum computing near the California Institute of Technology campus in Pasadeba, Calif. The objective is to bring together specialists from Caltech company and other top-ranked institutions. As per the blog post, this initiative of Amazon will help to solve several problems faster and more efficiently.
Amazon is planning to harness the different quantum physics properties; this revolutionary technology has a wide spectrum of applications in real-time and comes up with a value for money solution. While, the generally computers process zeros or ones, but the quantum computers will make use of qubits and quantum bits, which involves the simultaneous storage of both ones and ones.
However, at present, no commercial-grade quantum application has been developed till date, However, since 2016, IBM has been given access to the early-stage quantum computing machines over its cloud. Earlier, this year in October, Google did a quantum computing experiment generating one million random user strings in less than one three minutes.
A month back, Microsoft announced the release of the quantum computing tools that businesses can employ for faster calculations on the traditional computers.
AWS director said “We believe a substantial amount of work will need to be done for the promise of quantum computing to become real.”