News: First 128-bit quantum computer sold to Lockheed Martin

On the 12th of May 2011, the prestigious science Journal "Nature" published an article by D-Wave Systems which shows that D-Wave's 128-bit chip is a quantum computer.   "This is the first time that the D-Wave system has been shown to exhibit quantum mechanical behaviour," says William Oliver of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the research.  This is a significant advance over the previous best results of 12 bits (2006) and 14 bits (2011).  

On the 25th of May 2011 is was publicly announced that Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) purchased a quantum computing system from D-Wave Systems Inc.  Lockheed Martin and D-Wave will collaborate to apply that computer to some of Lockheed Martin's most challenging computation problems.

On the positive side, quantum computers will help solve many important problems.

However on the negative side, it is expected that in the future the emergence of large quantum computers (capable of running derivatives of Shor's or Grover's quantum algorithms) will catastrophically break the vast majority of security systems used on the Internet today, exposing all encrypted data processed by those systems.  All information security systems that use RSA, D&H, Elliptic Curve Cryptography of any key size and AES-128 are at risk of complete failure. The utility of these security systems will be entirely undermined. 

Synaptic Laboratories has consulted extensively with quantum computing experts (such as D-Wave) and many information security experts to ensure all Synaptic Laboratories proposals use techniques that will remain secure against the known and anticipated quantum computing attacks. The global-scale Cyber Security (IdM-CKM) project is explicitly designed to address this threat by wrapping-around and protecting the existing security infrastructure, without requiring changes to current protocols or software.

Written by Dave Pace. Posted in ICT Gozo News - Security News

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