IEEE Quantum Week to feature Intel’s unbreakable encryption idea alongside raft of keynotes, papers

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Intel favors a more practical approach to quantum research, one that includes algorithms and software alongside hardware. A keynote on that subject will be part of a virtual IEEE event this week. (Intel)

One of the biggest promises of futuristic quantum computing is the ability to build unbreakable encryption technologies, seen vital in national defense against cyberterrorism and enemy state attacks.

Intel is presenting a paper on one promising approach in such work called BIKE at this week’s virtual IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering.

 Entitled, “Efficient BIKE hardware design with constant time decoder,” the paper presents a design for a BIKE hardware accelerator. 

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BIKE stands for Bit-flipping Key Encapsulation, a technology that is also being evaluated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

In an advance statement, Intel noted that today’s methods for sharing cryptographic keys are expected to be vulnerable to future quantum attacks. Intel identified Diffie-Hellman sharing as being vulnerable.

On Thursday, Intel’s Dr. Anne Matsuura will also deliver a keynote at the IEEE event on Intel’s systems-wide approach to quantum research. Matsura is director of quantum applications and architecture at Intel Labs.

She plans to discuss how a systems-level approach to quantum is “critical” in order to make quantum work practical for broad commercial applications, according to an advance statement of her keynote.

Noting that quantum work is transitioning from the physics lab to the engineering domain, she argues that quantum development will require software and algorithms in addition to hardware. Intel is making advances in spin qubit hardware and cryo-CMOS technologies quantum.

Other papers are being presented by Intel researchers at the IEEE event, including one that discusses qubit configurations for quantum physics simulations.

The IEEE event includes several keynotes and multiple tutorials from industry, universities and research groups.  IBM, Honeywell, Microsoft and Google are also presenting keynotes with quantum experts along with research papers. 

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