By Konstantinos Karagianni, Principal Consultant, Ethical Hacking
Classical computers that work with zeros and ones will soon join the abacus and UNIVAC on computer-history timelines. In this first instalment of a multi-part series, we’ll look at how binary beasts have just about reached their architectural limits, and how a truly strange creature—the quantum computer—may both overcome these limits and make possible advanced functions that could revolutionize information technology.
Chip makers won’t admit it’s time to panic, but we’ve hit maximum trace-shrink. Before long traces will have to be one-electron wide to allow for cramming more transistors into the miniature metropolises that are CPUs. And when we reach such an ultimate frontier of tininess, all digital hell will break loose. [Read more...]