AWS Opens Center for Quantum Computing
AWS has just announced the opening of its new Center for Quantum Computing, a facility located in Pasadena, California with the plan of embarking on a journey to build a fault-tolerant and an error-corrected quantum computer that can perform reliable computations.
Dedicated to the company’s quantum computing efforts – the new facility includes office space to house AWS quantum research teams, and laboratories comprising the scientific equipment and specialized tools for designing and running quantum devices, giving teams the opportunity to work side by side to tackle the many challenges of building better quantum computers.
“Here our team of hardware engineers, quantum theorists, and software developers work side by side to tackle the many challenges of building better quantum computers. Our new facility includes everything we need to push the boundaries of quantum R&D, from making, testing, and operating quantum processors, to innovating the processes for controlling quantum computers and scaling the technologies needed to support bigger quantum devices, like cryogenic cooling systems and wiring,” said Nadia Carlsten, Head of Product at the AWS Center for Quantum Computing.
As announced, AWS chose Caltech as a partner due to the university’s rich history of contributions to computing – both classical and quantum and because the Center is located on the Caltech campus. Through this partnership, the company intends to provide scholarships and training opportunities for students and young faculty members in a bid to support the next generation of quantum scientists.
The AWS Center for Quantum Computing is focusing on superconducting qubits – electrical circuit elements constructed from superconducting materials, as the approach that will be employ to physically realize a quantum computer. In addition, AWS expects that this approach will provide the ability to manufacture these qubits using microelectronic fabrication techniques, makes it possible to make many qubits in a repeatable way and enabling more control when scaling up the number of qubits.