Quantum computing will be one of the hotbeds of CIO innovation in the next few years, across numerous enterprise sectors, a leading consultant has predicted.
Scott Buchholz, managing director, Government and Public Services chief technology officer, and national Emerging Tech Research director with Deloitte Consulting said that quantum computing, although still in its early stages, is set to transform sectors from healthcare and life sciences to manufacturing, energy and technology.
Even today’s most powerful supercomputers are unable to achieve the precision that quantum computing brings, he said: “With quantum computers, we can explore beyond classical computers’ current capabilities,” he added. This will be useful in solving problems that involve multiple, complex interdependencies and correlations, enabling many industries to dramatically increase the accuracy and speed of R&D.
Quantum computing in the enterprise sphere is starting to attract serious investment, for example Ireland-based Equal1, a silicon quantum computing company which has just secured €10 million in funding through the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Programme. Equal1 is addressing a major challenge for the quantum computing industry, to scale the number of qubits so that a quantum computer can tackle useful, real-world problems. Last year it was the first to demonstrate a fully integrated quantum processor unit (QPU) operating at 3.7 kelvin, a major milestone with implications for the trajectory of quantum computing.