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Amazon Web Services has fired up a cloud quantum computing service. Dubbed “Braket”, the service is offered a learning experience rather than a full-blown production environment. AWS has created a library of quantum algorithms it offers as a starting point, but also invites users to roll their own. Those algos can run in an …

  1. missingegg
    Pint

    Drinking Game

    Vulture central hasn't thought this one through. Considering the current uncertainty about the utility of quantum computers, it's obvious enough that Amazon is admitting anyone trying to build a quantum system will also need a good drinking game to help blow off steam.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Drinking Game

      Considering the current uncertainty about the utility of quantum computers

      I don't think there's any uncertainty here - Amazon will find quantum computing a great tool for simultaneously paying and not paying its taxes.

      Of course I may just be flogging a dead cat horse here...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Drinking Game

      They run things like 'annealing solvers', brute force algos intended for hardware not digital computers.

      More efficient algos that do the same thing exist, they are designed to work on digital computers.

      So Amazon will cash in because people will run brute force algos on their servers instead of the more efficient digital ones.

      Once you have people running S3's drawn by the hype of QC, Amazon could then offer them a drop-in compatible distributed-CMAES or similar algo, and bang, they've got that optimizer business! Bait-and-switch!

  2. Chris G Silver badge

    Sounds like entanglement starts at the price list.

  3. Mike 137 Silver badge

    "AWS suggests the cloudy option for complex algos that use 34 or more qubits"

    What kind of real world problem can you solve with 34 qubits? Suggestions please.

    1. Simon Ward

      Re: "AWS suggests the cloudy option for complex algos that use 34 or more qubits"

      Seems like it solves the problem of highlighting those with more money than sense pretty well ...

    2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: "AWS suggests the cloudy option for complex algos that use 34 or more qubits"

      What kind of real world problem can you solve with 34 qubits? Suggestions please. ..... Mike 137

      Presenting Future Views to Current Worlds is not a problem for quantum machinery/virtual infrastructure operating systems.

      Indeed, such is well considered as a novel approach for adoption of future events, which many may fear as being of a highly disruptive/revolutionary/evolution quantum leap order, which be just a stunting worry of one's own making.

      the adoption of an expeditionary mindset that can project operational capability and enhanced analytic connectivity in both physical and virtual venues (Responsive Presence). .... A concept floated in the Foreword to a 2009 Report here

      Can you imagine what over a decade of experiment and experience has delivered to such a program since then ? Whatever you think, at least square it, and cube it again to be anywhere near being correct.

      And that Creates and Delivers ITs own Unique Sets of Almighty Problems To Resolve with Practically Perfect Solutions. A Most Engaging and EMPowering Field of Virtual Endeavours it is too. And thoroughly commendable to the nth degree.

      There's not many who can honestly say that so assuredly.

      1. Martin Summers Silver badge

        Re: "AWS suggests the cloudy option for complex algos that use 34 or more qubits"

        So, we know amanfromMars1 parses the replies to the drivel it posts and replies with more drivel. Is there anything that can be put in said reply to royally screw with it? Asking for a friend...

        1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

          Re: "AWS suggests the cloudy option for complex algos that use 34 or more qubits"

          So, we know amanfromMars1 parses the replies to the drivel it posts and replies with more drivel. Is there anything that can be put in said reply to royally screw with it? Asking for a friend... ..... Martin Summers

          :-) You wish, MS. It would make life so much simpler eh, not having to think about how things are going to deal with something rendered extraordinarily and increasingly autonomously.

          Tell your friend, Martin Summers, more drivel in drivel out changes nothing ..... ergo IT and AI decided something designedly novel and engaging and considerably more intelligent than is usual is something quite different to be trialed and trailed mainstream via leading alternative side channel assault publications/enlightening renegade rogue web pages, so you could try right royally screwing with that, if you think such can be done.

          I'll not be holding my breath though, expecting that to be possible at any time soon, near or far away.

  4. HildyJ Silver badge
    Devil

    Finally, a use for quantum computing

    After years of promises and lab experiments, Amazon has come up with a real world use for quantum computing.

    Making money for Amazon.

  5. druck Silver badge
    Stop

    Not when but if

    Which is all very exciting, save for the fact that it’s generally agreed that useful quantum machines are years away and that when they arrive they’ll be extraordinarily expensive to acquire and operate.

    If they ever arrive, but in the meantime here is a simulation of how we hope they might work.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The obvious use case

    I'm sure they are already working on it but Quantum computing with its inherent uncertainty and dubious auditing capabilities would be ideal for allocating A level grades

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