Amazon unveils quantum computing access for AWS customers

Amazon is developing a custom chip for its data centers.

On Monday, Amazon announced that it will be giving its web services customers preview access to cloud-based quantum computing resources. The platform, called Amazon Braket, will allow the e-commerce giant’s corporate clients to experiment with quantum computing resources provided by D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti.

Notably, the firm isn’t trying to position Braket as a full-fledged product just yet. Right now, the company wants its Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to become acclimated to non-classical computing. However, Amazon is interested in developing commercial applications for quantum computing down the road.

Amazon’s Quantum Computing Plans

In tandem with Braket, Amazon is also launching a program called Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab. Its purpose is to connect the conglomerate’s corporate clients with its quantum computing experts and consultants.

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The corporation is also launching the AWS Center for Quantum Computing. The California Institute of Technology adjacent facility will serve as a non-classical computation research center.

The landing page for Amazon Braket features a brief description of the new service’s benefits. With it, organizations can “design, test, and run quantum algorithms” without any of the standard overhead costs. Besides, the firm notes that its latest offering is cross-platform, so companies can begin experimenting without having to familiarize themselves with different developer environments.

Furthermore, Amazon states that Braket allows for the creation of hybrid classical and quantum algorithms. As such, firms can use the platform to create iterative systems without the errors that plague some quantum computing platforms.

Although the field of non-classical computing is relatively new, Amazon is highlighting its potential to revolutionize the fields of cryptography, chemistry, and machine learning.

AWS Local Zone Deployment

While America’s largest e-retailer has cloud quantum computing on its long-term roadmap, it also has plans to improve AWS in the near term. Indeed, on Tuesday, the conglomerate revealed that it had launched its new Local Zone service.

The digital infrastructure product aims to bring low latency cloud computation and storage services to densely populated areas that lack AWS datacenter access. On December 3, the corporation opened a Local Zone in Los Angeles.

As a result, Southern California media, electronic design, and machine learning companies can now run cloud applications with minimal lag.

AWS also recently announced a partnership with Verizon. As part of the deal, the cloud infrastructure provider will establish server and storage systems near Verizon’s 5G sites. Amazon will be able to offer high bandwidth service to clients that fall within the carrier’s 5G coverage area.

Currently, Amazon has a 32.2 percent share of the American web services market. However, the firm has recently faced aggressive challenges from other Big Tech giants within the cloud space. Accordingly, the Seattle-based organization has taken steps to shore up its interests within that sector.

Late last month, The Burn-In reported that Amazon is developing a new ARM-based data center processor to improve the performance of AWS. According to Reuters, the new chipset will be at least 20 percent faster than the Graviton processor in use today.

By investing in 5G partnerships, localized support deployments, and quantum computing, Amazon isn’t looking to secure its cloud infrastructure market share. It’s looking to dominate the web services industry like it does e-commerce.