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With quantum computing, it is possible to
work with two values simultaneously, giving
new meaning to " parallel processing. " And as
you connect together more qubits, computing
power grows exponentially. Two qubits can
work with four values at the same time, three
can work with eight values. With just 40 qubits,
you can manipulate more than a trillion values
simultaneously, with 500 qubits, more values than
the number of molecules in the known universe.
" The beauty of quantum computing, " says
Tony Uttley, President of Honeywell Quantum
Solutions, " is that once you reach a certain level
of accuracy, every time you add a qubit, you
double the computational capacity. So as the
quantum computer scales exponentially, you can
scale your problem set exponentially. "
Numerous conceptual and practical hurdles
need to be overcome before we reach this point.
For example, quantum computers must be kept
almost perfectly isolated from the outside world.
But when a full-fledged quantum computer is
developed, problems that stump today's most
powerful supercomputers - because of the time
it takes to process such large amounts of data
or because of the problems' complexity - will be
solved in a matter of seconds.
What is the current
state of quantum
computing?
So when will your business be able to tap into
this revolutionary computing power and the
tremendous commercial potential it represents?
Although a sudden breakthrough could compress
the timetable, expectations are that we're
perhaps 10 years away from a fully functional
quantum computer and several years away
from companies able to take advantage of
quantum algorithms being run on
current computers.
" The challenge is that there isn't
today a quantum computer that provides an
advantage over the capabilities of today's
supercomputers, " says Dr. Celia Merzbacher,
Deputy Director of the Quantum Economic
Development Consortium, or QED-C. " But the
situation is very dynamic. "
Or as Dr. Runyao Duan, Director of the Institute
for Quantum Computing at Baidu Research, puts
it: " Various technologies have been developed
to build all the elements required by quantum
computers, and these are in the process of being
glued together. " (For other areas of quantum
science that stand to benefit businesses, see the
sidebar " Three Legs to the Quantum Stool. " )
The impact of quantum computing will not be
confined to business. It has recently come to
be viewed, along with artificial intelligence, as
one of the twin technologies crucial for national
security and well-being. This is driving a new
global race for technological supremacy, with
many governments around the world allocating
funding and/or setting up research bodies
aimed at ensuring their countries are not
left behind in quantum computing's
rapidly evolving landscape. (See
the sidebar " A Place on the
National Agenda. " )
In the United
States, for
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