Accenture has decided to focus even more on quantum computing. It does this because more companies have shown an interest in the emerging technology.
An Accenture spokesman says opposite The Wall Street Journal that in the next few years the company can already start offering consulting services for quantum computing. Even though no commercial quantum computers have yet been built. Quantum computing is more powerful than the traditional computer architecture. Where traditional computers use binary digits – bits – that can only be 1 or 0, quantum computers use qubits. Qubits can be represented as 1, 0 or both at the same time. The qubits only get a status, namely a 1 or a 0, when they are read out. This status is assigned on the basis of what should be the most probable optimal status in an answer to a question. If this is done with as many qubits as possible, there is an almost unlimited computing power.
In the past two years there has been more interest among the company’s customers in quantum computing. The reason is that companies like IBM are now allowing people to experiment with first versions of quantum computing machines via the cloud, according to principal director Carl Dukatz of Accenture’s quantum computing department. For the time being, this type of machine can only solve small-scale problems, because quantum bits are sensitive and can make mistakes quickly.
Commitment to quantum computing
Accenture has been focusing on quantum computing for some time now. In 2015, research in this area began with research in research and development. Four researchers then began to explore the potential impact of the technology on business problems. The company now has a hundred employees worldwide who work on quantum computing or related issues. We see quantum computing as a technology that can be applied by customers across the board, says Dukatz.
This year, Accenture received a patent on an algorithm that determines which workloads or problems are most suitable for quantum computers, and which are better for standard computers.This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.