[ISN] WPI Cryptography and Information Security Seminar

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Tue Aug 04 1998 - 12:23:49 PDT

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    Originally From: Christof Paar <christofat_private>
           WPI Cryptography and Information Security Seminar
                               Kris Gaj
                        George Mason University
                  (with U. Rochester until July '98)
                      THREAT TO EXISTING CIPHERS
                          Wednesday, August 12
                            4:00 pm,  AK 108
                        (refreshments at 3:45 pm)
    Quantum computers, if ever built, will be able to factor numbers
    beyond the reach of traditional methods.  The development of quantum
    computation would mean the demise of RSA and other public key
    cryptosystems. We show the main idea of Shor's quantum factoring
    algorithm and assess the complexity of the circuit implementing the
    algorithm. We describe the current state of experimental quantum
    computing and the most promising ideas concerning the implementation
    of quantum logic.
    Classical supercomputers has recently reached the computational power
    of one teraflop (10^12 floating point operations per second). We will
    discuss the current effort to built a petaflops scale computer (peta
    = 10^15) based on the combination of advanced technologies such as
    superconducting digital electronics, cryogenic CMOS, optical
    switches, and holographic memories. Breaking existing ciphers is
    certainly one of the primary applications of this new class of
    computing machines.
    For a Kris Gay's biography please check:
    The WPI Cryptoseminar is being held in the Atwater Kent building on the
    WPI campus. The Atwater Kent building is at the intersection of West and
    Salisbury Street for those coming from outside. Directions to the campus
    can be found at http://www.wpi.edu/About/Visitors/directions.html
    In the Fall '98 semester we will start the WPI Cryptoseminar again on a
    regular base.  Most talks will be given on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm in AK 108
    (that is 90 min. prior to the EE578 Crypto I graduate course).  The talks
    for the fall semester will be announced soon on this list.
    If you want to be added to the mailing list and receive talk announcements
    together with abstracts, please send me a short mail. Likewise, if you want
    to be removed from the list, just send me a short mail.
    Christof Paar
    Christof Paar                   http://ee.wpi.edu/People/faculty/cxp.html
    Assistant Professor             email:  christofat_private
    Cryptography Group              phone:  (508) 831 5061
    ECE Department, WPI             fax:    (508) 831 5491
    100 Institute Road
    Worcester, MA 01609, USA
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