CAE Tech Talk, October 6th, 2021

CAE Tech talks for October 6th, 2021.


Please join us for the October CAE Tech Talk

Featuring DU Professor Bruce Harmon

There are two talks, details below

Date: 06 October 2021

Topic 1: Under the Hood of the Quantum Computer

Mark your calendars and come join your friends in the CAE community for a Tech Talk. CAE Tech Talks are free and conducted live in real-time over the Internet so no travel is required. Capitol Technology University (CTU) hosts the presentations using Zoom which employs slides, VOIP, and chat for live interaction. Just log in as “Guest” and enjoy the presentation(s).

Below is a description of the presentations and logistics of attendance:

Topic: Under the Hood of the Quantum Computer

Time: 11:00 - 11:45 MT
Location: Zoom TBD Link to Zoom Meeting
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Presenter(s): Dr. Bruce Harmon, University of Denver

Description: Activity and research in quantum computing have been accelerating since breakthroughs a decade ago. The idea dates back to the 1980s when Richard Feynman and others proposed that the only way to simulate the reality of the quantum world would be with a quantum computer. That led to some fundamental research into what such a computer would be and what kinds of problems it would excel at. Among that list of problems is the factoring of public keys to extract the private keys for decryption. Such a capability could make useless the RSA algorithm currently widely used in encryption and decryption of data. In this talk, we go under the hood to see what a quantum computer, if it existed fully and at scale, would involve; how the RSA would be vulnerable to it; and some thoughts on mitigation.

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Nathan S. Evans
Nathan S. Evans
Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Denver

Research includes networking, network security, software security and systems.