Lattice-Based Amalgamated Algorithms, Quantum Secure, Round5
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology Post-Quantum Computing project has been examining the pros and cons of nearly 70 proposed quantum secure algorithms. One proposed solution, Round5 (round5.org), boasts of “shortest key and ciphertext sizes” and holds a lead in performance and implementation. From a bandwidth, processing, and generally “size-matters” standpoint, Round5 may be the leader in NIST’s quest for a PQC algorithm solution. August 7, 2018.
“Hold Sway Over 100 [Qubits] or More”
Recent quantum computing developments have revealed possibilities of stable quantum environments that are ‘reasonable’ in resource requirements. The tool of “sampling complexity” plays into the power of a small quantum computer versus a classical computer. Sampling complexity, the tool, “…involves a mathematical tool—a standard measure of computational difficulty known as sampling complexity—that gauges how easy or hard it is for an ordinary computer to simulate the outcome of a quantum experiment.” August 7, 2018.
Recommendation Problem: Classical Systems Can Solve It, Too.
One of the most anticipated uses for quantum computing was to solve the ‘recommendation problem’; previously believed unsolvable with classical systems. Now, an 18 year old whiz-kid has proven otherwise. August 5, 2018.
ESA, EU, AIT, QKD, QUARTZ
The Austrian Institute of Technology joins the European Space Agency and global satellite operator SES in a venture to secure communications. Using quantum key distribution techniques, the goal is to enable quantum encryption key distribution via satellite. QKD via satellite overcomes the degradation of data over distance and, more importantly, provides a nearly unbreakable delivery of cryptographic keys. August 5, 2018.
NOK, GOOGL, MSFT, LMT, INTC, IBM, T
Quantum computer design and quantum computing applications go hand-in-hand but not all of the corporate giants are involved in both per se. Some, Nokia (NOK), and AT&T (T), for example, are looking further into the future to gain advantage of the others’ near-term efforts. These two giants are looking at its use in 5G. August 5, 2018.
Hf2Te2P: Quantum Computing Material’s Holy-Grail?
University of Central Florida and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, amongst others, have stumbled upon a material which has a variety of quantum properties. Though early in the study of the hafnium, tellurium, and phosphorus material, the research finds Hf2Te2P has multiple electron patterns; ergo, multiple quantum properties. Being a non-silicon-based material, future study will determine if Hf2Te2P is indeed a breakthrough in quantum computing necessary material. August 5, 2018.
How Long Is Ten Years? Prepare Now.
Much of today’s internet traffic is encrypted, well over 50% by some estimates. As the encryption of data in motion approaches 100%, so to does the approach of quantum computers. The threat, and mitigation, is found in this un-refined disruptive technology. How much does your CSO know of quantum computing? This piece answers some basic questions: How do quantum computers work? How do they break cryptography? How does a random number generator fit into the quantum cryptography question? Well worth the read to get a primer or to get a reminder of what lurks in the coming era of quantum computers. Because quantum is coming. August 5, 2018.