Quantum computers and their impact on DoD in the 21st century
Mades, John E.
Rowe, Neil C.
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Computer processor speeds double every eighteen months according to Moore's law. This growth will reach a limit by the year 2020. Quantum computation is one proposed alternative to bypass this limitation. This thesis explores the topic of quantum computation. Specifically, we address what is a quantum computer, its various proposed implementations, its technological feasibility, and its military applications. Recent experiments have provided a proof of concept for quantum computation and some researchers believe that a working model could be developed within a reasonable time period. This success has caused a marked increase in the interest in quantum computers and their proposed potential. We attempt to separate fact from fiction to see what possible benefits the Department of Defense could obtain from it.
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