IBM, the US electronics giant has announced they have developed a new prototype circuit that could lead the way towards a quantum computing on a massive scale.
The new circuit composed of “a quartet of super conducting devices working in tandem,” can aid in solving the problematic error detection in terms of quantum computers, as these quantum devices errors made are customarily difficult to detect. But according to IBM, their new circuit is mightily able to detect these errors.
Moore’s Law controls how much space there is on transistor computer chips, components have gotten smaller to make more room for much more powerful computing systems. But Supratik Guha, IBM Research director says that if quantum computing may one day become feasible, Moore’s Law limitation will probably come to an end in a decade’s time, until that happens, the computing industry needs to improve the additional performance within the current limitations of space and miniaturization.
IBM projects that quantum computing will be the next big thing. In 2014 the company announced it plans to be spending around $3 billion in the course of the next five years on research into the next-generation semiconductors. This research includes ventures into quantum computing, as these structures have theoretically the capability of performance that is far advanced beyond traditional technology of computing.
At the moment, IBM circuit is just four qubits (quantum bits) and needs to be integrated into the technology of microprocessor, giving a tremendous sense of what the technology would likely be in the future, according to Raymond Laflamme, the executive director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. Laflamme predicts a few short years before IBM creates a 16-qubit device.
Any computer with the capability of handling qubits in hundreds of calculations will probably be more or less a decade away, IBM researchers are saying. But as to how far away it would take before quantum computers would replace traditional computers, my guess is as good as yours.