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AWS joins Argonne-led quantum research center

Q-NEXT’s quantum consortium ‌now‌ ‌totals 13 firms, 10 universities, and 3 DOE national laboratories

Aerial view of the Argonne National Laboratory site in Illinois, USA

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it’s now a member of quantum research center Q-NEXT, led by the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

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Q-NEXT specializes in long-distance quantum information control and distribution. A key objective of the center is to bring together science organizations and commercial businesses to address quantum technology challenges.

AWS’ addition now brings the research center’s quantum consortium to thirteen companies, ten universities, and three DOE national laboratories.

"We are excited to join Q-NEXT so we can bring together quantum experts from AWS and other top academic institutions to collaborate on the research and development of new quantum technologies and build a national quantum community," said Simone Severini, director of quantum computing at AWS.

AWS will partake in fundamental quantum research with Q-NEXT to foster the technology’s development.

The move further accentuates AWS’ foothold in quantum computing. Late last year, the firm announced the opening of its new center for quantum computing in Pasadena, California to build a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

"We could not be more delighted that AWS has joined our collaboration," said David Awschalom, Q-NEXT director.

"AWS has always been at the cutting edge of innovation. Now it is developing cloud quantum services, building a quantum computer, and applying quantum algorithms to real-world problems. Their engineering expertise and experience with tech consumers will be invaluable to Q-NEXT as we develop next-generation technologies that promise to improve our everyday lives," added Awschalom.

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