What’s quantum computing anyway?
Regarded by many as the future of computation, quantum computing is just like conventional computing… except completely different. Both use a type of bits for computing – in conventional machines, bits are represented as 1s or 0s, whereas in quantum computing qubits (as they’re called) can actually have two states at once, taking advantage of a quantum phenomenon called superposition. It’s not only much stronger than computing but better suited to for algorithms that study nature.
“It gives you access to a much broader and larger space of computations,” said Jerry M. Chow, IBM’s Manager of Experimental Quantum Computing Group. Chow is part of the team bringing Quantum computing to the cloud.