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IBM makes quantum leap

IBM has made breakthroughs which it claims make quantum computing a possibility.

Quantum computers have officially moved a step closer, after some major breakthroughs at IBM.

The manufacturer's research arm has revealed that it has made significant progress in breaking down the barriers that have troubled scientists since Richard Feynman first introduced the concept of cloud computing in 1982.

"Using a variety of techniques in the IBM labs, scientists have established three new records for reducing errors in elementary computations and retaining the integrity of quantum mechanical properties in quantum bits (qubits) – the basic units that carry information within quantum computing," explained IBM.

Bringing quantum computer to reality has been a dream of scientists for years, with the technology being hampered by the impact of radiation and temperature.

Yet should the theory work in practical application, quantum computers have the potential to be way, way faster than any classical design

"IBM has chosen to employ superconducting qubits, which use established microfabrication techniques developed for silicon technology, providing the potential to one day scale up to and manufacture thousands or millions of qubits," the firm adds.

While the technology is still at theory stage and even if everything goes to plan it will be a number of years before quantum computers become a viable production option, IBM scientist Matthias Steffen believes that now is the time for other manufacturers to start thinking quantum.

"The quantum computing work we are doing shows it is no longer just a brute force physics experiment. It's time to start creating systems based on this science that will take computing to a new frontier," he said.

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