What's the Big Deal About Quantum Computing, And How Does It Relate to the Cloud?


It’s almost a little frightening how quickly technology has advanced. Only a few decades ago, something as simple as a smartphone would have seemed torn straight out of the realm of science fiction.



It’s almost a little frightening how quickly technology has advanced. Only a few decades ago, something as simple as a smartphone would have seemed torn straight out of the realm of science fiction. The notion that one could carry so much processing power around in one’s pocket would have been unthinkable.

As unthinkable, perhaps, as the idea that one day all but the most low-end systems will make use of quantum computing. That’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like, by the way - a new computing model that uses quantum physics as opposed to more traditional circuitry. Already, we’re seeing an indication of where this technology could take us.

“The first application of quantum computing is computing more efficiently and faster,” explained The Institute of Cloud Computing’s executive director Raymond Laflamme in an interview with CBC. “It also leads to other types of technologies, like quantum cryptography—new ways of encrypting information and ensuring it is private, so people can’t eavesdrop. A third piece of the technology is sensors that are a lot more sensitive to things around us. Quantum sensors will be able to sense things that sensors today can’t.”

From the perspective of the cloud, that brings with it some pretty significant ramifications.

 

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