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IBM makes leap in latest quantum computer release – but what does it all mean?

January 09, 2019 / James Bourne

IBM thinks it has gained a head-start on the slowly emerging quantum market with the launch of what it has described as the first commercially useable integrated quantum computing system.Quantum computing is based on the principles of quantum mechanics and aims to take advantage of subatomic particles existing in more than one state at any time. Its much-vaunted potential therefore is in its ability to read between the lines and come up with calculations we can only dream of today.It has the potential to make current standards fall desperately short. For instance, according to Microsoft, while classical computers would take one billion years to break encryptions such as RSA, a quantum research project the company is aiming to put together in 2019 would break it in 100 seconds.