Aug. 7, 2020 — Preparations are underway for the new Amazon Web Services Center for Quantum Computing, scheduled to open in spring 2021.
The two-story, 21,000-square-foot facility will be located on South Holliston Avenue, adjacent to the Pasadena Fire Department station at Holliston and Del Mar Boulevard. Once open, the building will bring together leading researchers and engineers from Amazon, Caltech, and other academic institutions to accelerate advances in quantum computing technology.
Grading and leveling of the site are expected to begin this month, with foundation work to follow pending approval by the City of Pasadena. After the foundation is complete, construction of the building’s steel frame will begin.
As always, the Institute will work to minimize disruption. Crews will follow city construction guidelines as well as COVID-19 safety protocols.
Caltech has a history of breakthroughs in experimental and theoretical quantum science and technology, and has become a leading incubator in the emerging field of quantum engineering, including quantum computing.
In December 2019, Amazon Web Services announced a partnership with Caltech to establish the AWS Center for Quantum Computing. Led by Oskar Painter (MS ’95, PhD ’01), the John G Braun Professor of Applied Physics and Physics, and Fernando Brandão, Bren Professor of Theoretical Physics, the center aims to develop more powerful quantum computing hardware and software, and to identify new applications for quantum technologies. Such technologies have the potential to drive transformative advances in areas such as data security, machine learning, medicine development, and sustainability.
Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. The Institute manages JPL for NASA, sending probes to explore the planets of our solar system and quantify changes on our home planet. Caltech also owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories, including the Palomar and W. M. Keck Observatories; and cofounded and comanages LIGO. Caltech is an independent, privately supported institution with a 124-acre campus located in Pasadena, California.
Source: Jennifer Torres-Siders, Caltech