(Engadget) Honeywell’s quantum computer is now commercially available after it was first announced in March. The company, best known in the US for making thermostats, says enterprise customers can access the machine either directly through one of its own interfaces or via Microsoft’s Azure Quantum portal. As it did when it unveiled the device, Honeywell claims it’s the world’s most powerful quantum computer.
Whether Honeywell’s quantum computer is the most powerful in the world is something computer scientists are likely to debate.
What is clear is that quantum computers are coming, and they’re likely to change computing as we know it. Cybersecurity is just one area that will be upended by their arrival. Cracking 128-bit and 256-bit AES ciphers could become trivial to organizations with quantum computers. That will have significant implications for almost everyone who has ever used a computer in their lives.