Quantum Computing

The Cloud Atlas to Real Quantum Computing

Grazed from Web. Author: Editorial Staff.

A funny thing happened on the way to quantum computing: Unlike other major shifts in classic computing before it, it begins — not ends — with The Cloud. That’s because quantum computers today may be more like “physics experiments in a can” … Unless you can use software, not just as cloud infrastructure for accessing this computing power commercially but for also building the killer app (what will it be?) on top of it.

With quantum virtual machines and special languages for connecting and trading off classic and quantum computing, companies and developers may be able to get ahead before it surprises them. Or better yet, just use it for what they want and need. Ok, sounds great. Only the old rules don’t all apply: You have to fundamentally rethink algorithms for quantum computing, just as with previous waves of high-performance computing before it — from CPU to GPU to TPU and now to QPU...

Cloud Computing: Everyday quantum computing is years off - so why are some firms already doing quantum encryption?

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Tina Amirtha.

Phone companies around the world are working to protect their customers' data from a threat does not yet exist: large quantum computers. Although the arrival of these advanced machines could be as far off as 15 years, telecoms companies are already implementing new quantum encryption algorithms.

These firms are preparing for the possibility that quantum computers will one day scale sufficiently to break through even the most sophisticated of today's encryption barriers. The most common quantum encryption method utilizes a technology called quantum key distribution, which can be implemented on existing fiber-optic connections...

Alibaba Places Bet on Quantum Computing, Pledges to Invest 30 Million Yuan Annually

Grazed from Yibada.  Author: Editorial Staff.

To create a quantum computer that processes data at tremendous speeds--trillions of times quicker than the world's fastest computer, China's supercomputer Tianhe-2--is the target of a prospective game-changing scheme introduced by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

If the venture becomes successful, the effect of having a China-based lightning-speed computer could make all modern technological developments worldwide during the past 50 years look like baby steps.  Researchers at tech firms, such as Microsoft Corp., International Business Machines Corp. and Google Inc., as well as governments around the globe, have invested on quantum computer technology in recent years...

Quantum Computing: From Theory to Reality

Grazed from SysCon. Author: Jason Bloomberg.

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. First, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada-based D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the latest generation of their D-Wave 2X quantum computer...

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Add a dash of quantum for secure cloud computing

Grazed from NewScientist. Author: Jacob Aron.

These days it's easy to access ultra-powerful computers: just borrow one from Amazon, Microsoft or other firms offering cloud computing services. But analysing data on someone else's hardware means they can see what you're doing – not ideal if you want to keep it secret. Now it seems a dash of quantumness might be the best way to stay safe in the cloud.

There are currently two ways to run secure cloud computing. The first is called homomorphic encryption, essentially a complex mathematical trick that means you can send your data to a cloud provider in an encrypted form. Without this trick, the cloud computer would normally be unable to run calculations on data that was obscured like this. Computer firm IBM has been working on this since 2009...

Google Working To Build Quantum Speed Computer Processors

Grazed from MediaPost. Author: Laurie Sullivan.

The Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab has announced that John Martinis and his team at UC Santa Barbara will partner with Google to build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The hardware project, led by Martinis, aims to make quantum computers a reality. Think of the Web as the world's largest catalog to better understand why Google would want to bring quantum speeds to humanity.

Quantum speeds would increase the ability to index and process information not only across the Internet, but on servers supporting cloud computing and business intranets. It would make finding and serving information that much faster, which is especially critical as the amount of content continues to grow...

Thanks to the NSA, quantum computing may some day be in the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Patrick Thibodeau.

The National Security Agency (NSA) is spending some $80 million in basic research on quantum computing. And what the NSA spends its research money on may ultimately help commercialize quantum computing -- and even make it accessible via the cloud.  This is what Defense Department agencies do: They fund basic research that private industry sees as too risky, but if the work leads to breakthroughs, it's the commercial sector that may benefit the most.

Information about the NSA's quantum computing research comes from documents acquired by Edward Snowden and published by the Washington Post. These documents use macho sounding names for the quantum computing effort, including "Owning the Net (OTN)."...

Cloud computing to help unravel secrets of quantum science

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Jane McCallion.

The University of Bristol’s Centre for Quantum Photonics has made quantum computing available to the general public through the cloud for the first time. The university's QCloud initiative consists of two parts. The first is a software simulation, hosted on Google’s App Engine cloud platform, that allows anyone to perform experiments on a model of the real quantum processor housed at the Centre.

The experiments vary in their degree of complexity, from a simple two-path model with a beam splitter in the middle where users can chose to send a virtual photon down one path or the other, or indeed one down each, to much more complex models involving multiple beam splitters and rotation devices, as well as multiple paths...

Cloud Computing: Google Buys a Quantum Computer

Grazed from The New York Times. Author: Quentin Hardy.

Google and NASA are forming a laboratory to study artificial intelligence by means of computers that use the unusual properties of quantum physics. Their quantum computer, which performs complex calculations thousands of times faster than existing supercomputers, is expected to be in active use in the third quarter of this year.

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, as the entity is called, will focus on machine learning, which is the way computers take note of patterns of information to improve their outputs. Personalized Internet search and predictions of traffic congestion based on GPS data are examples of machine learning. The field is particularly important for things like facial or voice recognition, biological behavior, or the management of very large and complex systems...