Amazon Braket takes on Microsoft’s quantum computing efforts


2, 2019

We already know that Microsoft, IBM, Google and several other companies are trying to build a commercially viable Quantum Computer. Today, at AWS re:Invent 2019, Amazon joined the Quantum Computing market with several announcements including a fully managed Quantum service and more.

  • Amazon Braket – A fully managed service that allows scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers from multiple quantum hardware providers in a single place. Bra-ket notation is commonly used to denote quantum mechanical states, and inspired the name of the service.
  • AWS Center for Quantum Computing – A research center adjacent to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) that will bring together the world’s leading quantum computing researchers and engineers in order to accelerate development of quantum computing hardware and software.
  • Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab – A new program to connect AWS customers with quantum computing experts from Amazon and a very select set of consulting partners.

You can learn more about these new announcements from AWS from the source link present at the end of this article.

Back in 2017, Microsoft first released the first public preview of Quantum Development Kit which helps developers learn how to program a quantum computer which is believed to be the future of computing. Along with the Quantum Development Kit, Microsoft also released the Q# programming language, a quantum computing simulator and other resources which help developers to get started with Quantum Computing development. At Build 2018, Microsoft announced its plans to open source its Q# compiler and the quantum simulators that are part of the Quantum Development Kit to make algorithm development easier and more transparent for developers.

Early this year, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft Quantum Network, a global community of individuals and organizations working together to advance quantum computing. The Microsoft Quantum Network members will work with Microsoft to learn about, research, and launch quantum computing applications and hardware supported with access to the Quantum Development Kit, vital research and experts, exclusive access to Azure services, and workshops on quantum programming and algorithm development.

At Ignite 2019 last month, Microsoft announced Azure Quantum, a full-stack, open cloud ecosystem that will bring the benefits of quantum computing organizations. Azure Quantum is a set of quantum services that includes pre-built Quantum solutions, Quantum software and quantum hardware. Microsoft is partnering with 1QBit, Honeywell, IonQ, and QCI to offer a wide variety of quantum solutions, software, and hardware across the industry.

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