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Amazon Braket, Aimed at Quantum Computing Novices, Exits Preview

Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week announced the general availability of Amazon Braket, a managed service that helps developers design, test and troubleshoot quantum computing models.

First introduced last December at re:Invent, Amazon Braket lets developers tap AWS cloud resources to run quantum computing algorithms, reducing the need to set up and manage their own infrastructure. It also frees developers from having to write custom code or make arrangements with multiple vendors to access their quantum computers; processors from AWS quantum computing partners like D-Wave, Rigetti and IonQ are pre-included.

"Amazon Braket lets customers get started quickly, using familiar tools like Jupyter notebooks to access pre-installed developer tools that can be used to design quantum algorithms, visualize results, and collaborate with others," AWS said in its announcement Thursday.

It also "offers cross-platform developer tools that let customers design their own quantum algorithms or choose from a growing library of pre-built algorithms, providing a consistent experience so that customers no longer need to learn multiple development environments."

Amazon Braket can also be used to run "hybrid algorithms" that combine classical computing with quantum computing. According to Bill Vass, AWS vice president of technology, "The cloud will be the main way that customers access quantum computers and combine those systems with high-performance classical computing for certain types of computationally-intensive research."

"Amazon Braket makes it easy for organizations to begin experimenting with quantum computing today," Vass continued, "from those just beginning to explore the possibilities to those that are already familiar with different quantum technologies and are ready to use it as a research tool."

A detailed demo of Amazon Braket is provided by AWS evangelist Jeff Barr in this blog post. The service is currently available in the U.S. East (N. Virginia), U.S. West (N. California) and U.S. West (Oregon) regions, but AWS plans to expand that list at some point.

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