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Quantum Computing is becoming quite the hot topic lately.  With research being done by Google, IBM, Microsoft, universities, and a number of other players, it’s looking this is really going to happen.  In fact, Google may just be weeks away from announcing the Quantum Supremacy milestone.  If you aren’t familiar with the concept of Quantum Supremacy yet, it’s basically the point where a quantum computer can complete a computation in a short time where a classical computer can’t complete it at all.  This is a big deal.  While there are some simple quantum computers out there right now (you can try out IBM’s via the Q Experience), this will be a big deal. Now, quantum computing isn't for everyone.  I'm pretty sure it's not even for myself, but I am interested in the technology so I am intrigued to learn more.  The point of this post isn't to teach you all of the detail... (more)

Thoughts on the Post-Quantum Computing Era | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DX #Cloud

With IBM, Google, and Microsoft pouring funding into the research of quantum computing, it's really starting to look like we are going to see the benefits in the next 5 - 10 years. Google may be just weeks from announcing they reached the quantum supremacy milestone and IBM may not be far behind either.  Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on how quantum computing may affect cryptography as we know it. Effects on cryptography When we talk about the basic cryptography used for things like TLS when you access your bank's website, the premise behind securing your data is surprisingly simple. The certificate uses a public key which is really just a large number that's the result of multiplying two prime numbers together.  This key has a size typically between 256 bits and 2048 bits. It's quite a large number.  To find the two factors via brute force, in today's classica... (more)

Quantum Computing: From Theory to Reality By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The word quantum often portends New Age mumbo-jumbo, in spite of the fact that quantum mechanics underlies many of today’s most important technologies, including lasers and the semiconductors found in every computer chip. Nevertheless, today quantum computing is becoming a reality. And while it may look to the layperson like mere mumbo-jumbo, in reality of the technology has largely moved out of the theoretical stage, as recent news indicates. In fact, two important announcements over the last few weeks underscore the progress quantum computing is making. The D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer (source: D-Wave Systems). First, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada-based D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the latest generation of their D-Wave 2X quantum computer. Second, semiconductor behemoth Intel announced a $50 million investment in a collaborative relation... (more)

IBM Research Advances Device Performance for Quantum Computing

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists at IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) / (#ibmresearch) have achieved major advances in quantum computing device performance that may accelerate the realization of a practical, full-scale quantum computer. For specific applications, quantum computing, which exploits the underlying quantum mechanical behavior of matter, has the potential to deliver computational power that is unrivaled by any supercomputer today. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120228/NY60793-a ) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120228/NY60793-b ) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) Using a variety of techniques in the IBM labs, scientists have established three new records for reducing errors in elementary computations and retaining the integrity of quantum mechanical properties in quantum bits (qubi... (more)

USC to Establish First Operational Quantum Computing System at an Academic Institution

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- USC; Lockheed Martin, Inc.; and D-Wave Systems, Inc. will officially unveil the first commercial and operational quantum computer academic center at USC Viterbi School of Engineering's WHAT: Information Sciences Institute. WHO: Dr. Ray Johnson, CTO, Lockheed Martin Dr. Daniel Lidar, Director, USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center Dr. Geordie Rose, Founder and CTO, D-Wave Vern Brownell, President and CEO, D-Wave WHEN: Friday, October 28, at 10:00 A.M. WHERE: USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Information Sciences Institute 4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 11th Floor Marina del Rey, CA 90292 Validated parking provided, entry off Admiralty Way Continuing its rich history with pioneering advances in high- performance computing and the Internet, USC is now exploring the promising future of quantum computing. Invok... (more)

Why Microsoft’s Investment in Quantum Computing Matters

When the Ignite keynote shifted to the topic of quantum computing, my inner geek came out.  As they brought out on stage some of the smartest minds Microsoft has to offer, some of the audience glazed over.  Many people come to Ignite to find out what they can use to do their jobs better in the next few months.  However, with quantum computing, some of the reality of what we see is a litter farther out but not as far as you might think.  Not all of us will use quantum computing.  In reality, most of us will never use it directly. After all, your phone is likely never to be powered by a quantum computer.  Especially since it has to be cooled to 0.01 K.  That’s –459 F or –271 C.   You’ll be affected by this technology though.  If you look at the major technological advancements of the human races over the years, you think of things like electricity, semi-conductors, nu... (more)

Global Market Study on Quantum Computing: Hardware Segment by Component to Hold High Market Value Share During 2017 - 2025

NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The report 'Quantum Computing Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) and Forecast (2017-2025)' is a comprehensive compilation on the quantum computing market and contains exclusive information regarding the market analysis, growth and forecasts for the period 2017 to 2025. Quantum computing can be defined as a representation of a quantum turing machine. Quantum computation is the extension of classical computation and uses quantum mechanical phenomena such as individual atoms, molecules, or photons to process quantum information. Quantum computers store and process information as quantum bits/qubits, which is zero, one and superposition of zero and one. Qubits can exist in multiple states simultaneously, and has potential to compute a large number of calculations in parallel. Quantum computing may untangle the complexity... (more)

Quantum Computing Market by Revenue Source, Application (Simulation, Optimization, and Sampling), Industry (Defense, Banking & Finance, Energy & Power, Chemicals, and Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2023

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "Quantum computing market expected to grow at a significant rate between 2017 and 2023" The quantum computing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 29.04% between 2017 and 2023 and is expected to be valued at USD 495.3 million by 2023. The key factors driving the growth of the quantum computing market are the rising incidences of cybercrime, early adoption of quantum computing technology in the automotive and defense industry, and increasing investments by government entities in the quantum computing market. Read the full report: http://www.reportlinker.com/p05064748/Quantum-Computing-Market-by-Revenue-Source-Application-Simulation-Optimization-and-Sampling-Industry-Defense-Banking-Finance-Energy-Power-Chemicals-and-Healthcare-Pharmaceuticals-and-Geography-Global-Forecast-to.html However, the major restraining factors for the growt... (more)

IBM Makes Quantum Computing Available on IBM Cloud to Accelerate Innovation

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) Research announced today that for the first time ever it is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM's quantum processor. IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today's supercomputers. The cloud-enabled quantum computing platform, called IBM Quantum Experience, will allow users to run algorithms and experiments on IBM's quantum processor, work with the individual quantum bits (qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations of what might be possible with quantum... (more)

D-Wave and Virginia Tech Join Forces to Advance Quantum Computing

HANOVER, MD -- (Marketwired) -- 03/13/17 -- D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems and software, and Virginia Tech, Virginia's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, have established a joint effort to provide greater access to quantum computers for researchers from the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. D-Wave and Virginia Tech will work towards the creation of a permanent quantum computing center to house a D-Wave system at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. The Hume Center leads Virginia Tech's research, education, and outreach programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity and autonomy in the context of national and homeland security. Education programs provide mentorship, internships, and scholarships, and seek to address key challenges in qualified US citizens entering fe... (more)