The remote Braket device

The remote device of the PennyLane-Braket plugin runs quantum computations on Amazon Braket’s remote service. The remote service provides access to hardware providers and a high-performance simulator backend.

A list of available quantum devices and their features can be found in the Amazon Braket Developer Guide.


After the Braket SDK and the plugin are installed, and once you sign up for Amazon Braket, you have access to the remote Braket device in PennyLane.

Instantiate an AWS device that communicates with the Braket service like this:

>>> import pennylane as qml
>>> s3 = ("my-bucket", "my-prefix")
>>> remote_device = qml.device("", device_arn="arn:aws:braket:::device/quantum-simulator/amazon/sv1", s3_destination_folder=s3, wires=2)

In this example, the string arn:aws:braket:::device/quantum-simulator/amazon/sv1 is the ARN that identifies the SV1 device. Other supported devices and their ARNs can be found in the Amazon Braket Developer Guide. Note that the plugin works with digital (qubit) gate-based devices only.

This device can then be used just like other devices for the definition and evaluation of QNodes within PennyLane.

For example:

def circuit(x, y, z):
    qml.RZ(z, wires=[0])
    qml.RY(y, wires=[0])
    qml.RX(x, wires=[0])
    qml.CNOT(wires=[0, 1])
    return qml.expval(qml.PauliZ(0)), var(qml.PauliZ(1))

When executed, the circuit performs the computation on the Amazon Braket service.

>>> circuit(0.2, 0.1, 0.3)
array([0.97517033, 0.04904283])

Enabling the parallel execution of multiple circuits

Where supported by the backend of the Amazon Braket service, the remote device can be used to execute multiple quantum circuits in parallel. To unlock this feature, make sure tape mode is enabled in PennyLane, and then instantiate the device using the parallel=True argument:

>>> qml.enable_tape()
>>> remote_device = qml.device('', [... ,] parallel=True)

The details of the parallelization scheme depend on the PennyLane version you use, as well as your AWS account specifications.

For example, PennyLane 0.13.0 and higher supports the parallel execution of circuits created during the computation of gradients. Just by instantiating the remote device with the parallel=True option, this feature is automatically used and can lead to significant speedups of your optimization pipeline.

The maximum number of circuits that can be executed in parallel is specified by the max_parallel argument.

>>> remote_device = qml.device('', [... ,] parallel=True, max_parallel=20)

Make sure that this number is not larger than the maximum number of concurrent tasks allowed for your account on the backend you choose. See the Braket developer guide for more details.

The Braket remote device has the capability to retry failed circuit executions, up to 3 times per circuit by default. You can set a timeout by using the poll_timeout_seconds argument; the device will retry circuits that do not complete within the timeout. A timeout of 30 to 60 seconds is recommended for circuits with fewer than 25 qubits.

Supported operations

The device support all PennyLane operations and observables, with the exception of the PennyLane QubitUnitary and Rot gates and Hermitian observable.

The PennyLane-Braket plugin provides the following framework-specific operations for PennyLane, which can be imported from braket.pennylane_plugin.ops:


Square root of the Pauli X (NOT) gate.


The controlled-Y operator.

braket.pennylane_plugin.CPhaseShift(phi, wires)

Controlled phase shift gate phasing the \(| 11 \rangle\) state.

braket.pennylane_plugin.CPhaseShift00(phi, wires)

Controlled phase shift gate phasing the \(| 00 \rangle\) state.

braket.pennylane_plugin.CPhaseShift01(phi, wires)

Controlled phase shift gate phasing the \(| 01 \rangle\) state.

braket.pennylane_plugin.CPhaseShift10(phi, wires)

Controlled phase shift gate phasing the \(| 10 \rangle\) state.


ISWAP gate.

braket.pennylane_plugin.PSWAP(phi, wires)

Phase-SWAP gate.

braket.pennylane_plugin.XY(phi, wires)

Parameterized ISWAP gate:

braket.pennylane_plugin.XX(phi, wires)

Ising XX coupling gate:

braket.pennylane_plugin.YY(phi, wires)

Ising YY coupling gate:

braket.pennylane_plugin.ZZ(phi, wires)

Ising ZZ coupling gate: