And the new AWS Braket service, revealed at the re:Invent 2019 conference, is a way to do exactly that, plus it comes alongside a raft of other measures aimed to drive and accelerate the development of quantum computing in general. "Lab programs will combine hands-on educational workshops with brainstorming sessions to help customers "work backwards" from business challenges and then go step-by-step through the process of using quantum computers effectively".
Braket is described as fully managed AWS service which enables the likes of scientists or developers to use computers from big quantum hardware providers, including the likes of D-Wave (the first quantum computer manufacturer), IonQ, and Rigetti. The company is hoping researchers and scientists will use the center to make "scientific and technological breakthroughs", including the possibility of mass-producing quantum computers, which for now are dauntingly expensive and hard to build and run.
"Quantum computing is definitely not mainstream today, but that time is coming", Barr said.
For customers who want to be a part of the new technology and problem solving strategies, WS is launching the Amazon Braket service and the Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab so that customers can begin learning and experimenting with quantum computing today.
Braket is actually available now in preview form, and you can sign up for the service right here.
Results from Braket simulations are stored in AWS' S3 storage service, with resource utilisation being turned off when jobs complete.
AWS has also teamed up with 1Qbit, Rahko, Rigetti, QCWare QSimulate, Xanadu and Zapata to form the collaborative Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab to help discover new applications and to find ways to deploy quantum computing within organisations.
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.
Note that there are rival cloud-based quantum computing efforts out there already, including Microsoft's Azure Quantum offering.