(ChannelAsia) Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide the National University of Singapore (NUS) support in developing new quantum communication and computing technology. The cloud vendor has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the tertiary institution to develop the technology and also explore the potential industry applications of quantum capabilities.
The collaboration between AWS and NUS is led by the Quantum Engineering Program (QEP), a national initiative launched in 2018 by the National Research Foundation, Singapore (NRF), which aims to leverage quantum technologies to solve real-world problems. The program is hosted by NUS.
AWS provides access to quantum computing through its Amazon Braket offering, which is a fully managed quantum computing service designed to help researchers and developers get started with the technology to accelerate research and discovery.
Developing quantum algorithms and designing useful quantum applications require new skills and potentially radically different approaches. This is where AWS is stepping in.
Through Amazon Braket, AWS provides access to three types of quantum hardware, including quantum annealers and gate-based systems built on superconducting qubits and on trapped ions, as well as tools to run hybrid quantum and classical algorithms.
Amazon Braket’s cross-platform developer tools, meanwhile, are designed to provide a consistent experience so users do not need to learn multiple development environments, making it easy to explore which quantum computing technology is the best fit for an application.
“Singapore has built its quantum technology expertise over many years,” said Tan Lee Chew, ASEAN managing director of worldwide public sector at AWS. “AWS is delighted to collaborate with QEP to accelerate the quantum innovation in Singapore working directly with researchers, developers, governments, and organisations.