What Quantum computers are capable of.

Computers and IT have revolutionized human race. We were never so connected, so smart and had solution to our complex problems. Moore law states that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles every two year, and this has decreased size to as small as 37.5mm x 37.5mm for a 2.7 GHz processor. Supply chains can be easily optimized using tremendous computing power of computers, which are capable of solving complex algorithms for routing, forecasting, network designing, inventory optimization etc. More is the computing power, faster the algorithms can be solved. Thus, increased computing power has indirect impact on cost, quality and time of any supply chain.

Concept

But classical computers have their limitations, a classical computers uses bits to transfer information. A bit can have one of the two possible states at any given time i.e. 0 or 1. This limits classical computers to solve complex algorithms like Shor’s algorithm (for integer factorization in the application of public key cryptographic system), Simon algorithm etc. Whereas a quantum computer works on qubit, which can be any in a state of 0,1 or 0 and 1 both (superimposed state), so a qubit could store up to two bits using superdense coding. Thus, a qubit carries twice as much information as compared to a bit and a quantum computer is capable of processing that information at once. So, when a classical computer 1 bit computer is processing a single state, a 1 qubit quantum computer is processing two states. And this computing speed increases with every addition of qubit:

1 qubit computer has two states at a time, 2 qubit computer has four states at a time. Thus the number of states increases with every qubit added by factor of 2. N qubit computer can process 2^N states at a time.

Applications

This increased computing power will have widespread application in weather forecasting, optimization of supply chain, data analysis etc. With growth in the unstructured data there is a need to process it faster to obtain patterns of customer preferences and choices, the processing of this huge chunk of data can be shortened dramatically. With growing complexity in business worlds there has been an increase in constraints and data points; quantum computing is the answer to solve them quickly and save cost and time for any company. Government have started investing in quantum computing to improve their weather forecasting ( recent example of UK met office ), quantum computing will help in analysing huge data at once thus increasing certainty in any bad weather situation.

Encryption done by classical computers can be easily cracked by quantum computers. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) uses photons to encode data in qubits and then data is sent to receiever node without the need of channel to be secure. This can be achieved due to quantum indeterminancy which states that measuring encrypted states would alter its state and the sender would know if there is any breach in the channel.

Classical computers have a limit when it comes to analyzing complex molecules, quantum computers would be capable to analyze complex molecules, which would open new avenues of medical advancement. Accenture and 1QBit along with Biogen have started using their quantum-enabled molecular comparison that would facilitate drug discovery for neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer, Parkinson and Loe Gehrigh disease.

It is still years away that we would be able to reap the benefits of quantum computing, but once there it would transform the businesses work and the way we live our lives.

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