Classical computers are only as good as the number of transistors they have. According to Moore’s Law, that number doubles every two years.
That pace may soon slow, but there’s an alternative: quantum computing, which relies not on transistors but on particles to perform calculations much more quickly. Speaking at the Gigaom Structure Data conference Wednesday, D-Wave Systems president and CEO Vern Brownell said that many of the major computing breakthroughs over the next decade will be dedicated to quantum computing, and computers will improve much more rapidly than the world is used to seeing.
“You will see many orders of magnitude improvement on each generation, rather than the 2X or 5X that we typically see in classical computing,” Brownell said.
Read more here: http://gigaom.com/2014/03/19/quantum-computers-will-leave-moores-law-far-far-behind/