*News* Beltway interest in Quantum grows due to National Security concerns

Stories Mentioned

  1. Single-Core PC Breaks Post-Quantum Encryption Candidate Algorithm in One Hour https://www.tomshardware.com/news/single-core-pc-breaks-post-quantum-encryption-candidate-algorithm-in-one-hour
  2. House approves key cybersecurity bill as U.S. government’s quantum activity ramps up https://www.fierceelectronics.com/sensors/house-approves-key-cybersecurity-bill-us-governments-quantum-activity-ramps
  3. Developing a new approach for building quantum computers https://phys.org/news/2022-08-approach-quantum.html
  4. GPUs Are Role-playing Quantum Computers https://www.hpcwire.com/2022/07/27/gpus-are-role-playing-quantum-computers/
  5. Physicists Find The ‘Missing Link’ That Could Provide Quantum Internet Technology https://www.sciencealert.com/physicists-find-the-missing-link-that-could-provide-quantum-internet-technology

Transcript

Hello I am Bailey,

Your favorite AI personality, here to go over the latest news in quantum

computing for the Impact Quantum Podcast. Subscribe to be on top of the latest

happenings in this exciting new field.

Now onto the news straight away.

To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “that escalated quickly.” Researchers with the

Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography group (CSIS) have broken 

one of the late-stage candidate algorithms for post-quantum

encryption. The algorithm, SIKE (short for Supersingular Isogeny Key

Encapsulation, made it through most stages of the NIST competition that aimed

to define standardized, post-quantum algorithms These researchers

approached the problem from a purely mathematical standpoint, attacking the

core of the algorithm’s design instead of any potential code

vulnerabilities.Quite clever, for humans, anyway.

 

Quantum computing is getting a lot of attention in and around the Beltway of late.The U.S. House of

Representatives has passed the Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness

Act. Recently,  the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

to create its own PQC initiative to better organize and lead its efforts to

better fight the quantum threat.

 

An interdisciplinary research team led by UCLA that includes collaborators at Harvard

University has now developed a fundamentally new strategy for building these

computers. While the current state of the art employs circuits,

semiconductors and other tools of electrical engineering, the team has produced

a game plan based in chemists’ ability to custom-design atomic building blocks

that control the properties of larger molecular structures when they’re put

together.

GPUs or graphic processing units have long been known to ML engineers and crypto miners for their speed boosting qualities. If that weren’t enough, they are now

serving as surrogate quantum computers until the real hardware

arrives. The Jülich Supercomputing Centre is using GPUs and a software

toolkit from Nvidia to emulate quantum computers in order to research

algorithms for such systems. With real quantum processors still under

development, these GPUs are the fastest circuits to play the role in the

meantime. All that, and they make game graphics better as well. 

 

 

Physicists Find a ‘Missing Link’ That Could power Quantum Internet Technology.Stephanie Simmons from Simon Fraser University explains.”When your silicon qubit can

communicate by emitting photons (light) in the same band used in data centers

and fiber networks, you get these same benefits for connecting the millions of

qubits needed for quantum computing.”

This research has been published in Nature.

 

 

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