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Primeur weekly 2018-09-03

Focus

Automation helps CERN manage Big Data with easy-to-install SAFE data centre modules ...

Exascale supercomputing

Deep learning to predict fusion disruptions picked for first US exascale system ...

Quantum computing

Qrypt licenses ORNL's quantum random number generator to fortify encryption methods ...

Focus on Europe

Partnership between University of Amsterdam IAS and TNO to get a grip on complexity ...

The I4MS Initiative launches the first Disruptor Awards Contest for the best experiments featuring digital transformation ...

Middleware

Data In Science Technologies deploys Bright Cluster Manager at HudsonAlpha to improve cluster efficiency and scalability ...

SDSC awarded a three-year NSF grant for data reproducibility research ...

Altair introduces a disruptive new licensing model for the solidThinking software suite ...

Hardware

DDN finalizing acquisition of Tintri, expert in enterprise virtualization ...

New Texas supercomputer to push the frontiers of science ...

Penguin Computing expanding capabilities with new production facility, customer demonstration lab, and briefing centre in Fremont headquarters ...

GlobalFoundries reshapes technology portfolio to intensify focus on growing demand for differentiated offerings ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center selects Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand to accelerate new large-scale supercomputer ...

Mellanox announces availability of 200G LinkX copper and optical cables and transceiver for Ethernet and HDR InfiniBand ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges supercomputer extended by National Science Foundation ...

Applications

Attacking aftershocks ...

RENCI to lead two $1 million grants to support data-intensive scientific research ...

National Science Foundation awards $4.9 million to protect U.S. scientific workflow ...

Manufacturing programme calls for proposals focused on challenges in steel and aluminum ...

University of Wisconsin-Madison and Argonne partner to further advanced manufacturing technologies and entrepreneurship ...

Study in which BSC participated suggests 2005 record of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic close to maximum possible ...

Russian scientists have increased the Internet speed up to one and a half times ...

Preparing for chemical attacks with improved computer models ...

2018 APAC HPC-AI Student Competition sharpens weather forecast accuracy and image recognition to deliver improved real-life results ...

OneClick.ai joins NVIDIA Inception programme ...

The Cloud

OpenStack bare metal Clouds, fast forward upgrades and hardware accelerators take centre stage in latest release, Rocky ...

Qrypt licenses ORNL's quantum random number generator to fortify encryption methods


ORNL's Michelle Buchanan, left, and Qrypt founder and CEO Kevin Chalker signed a licensing agreement for novel cyber security technology that promises a stronger defense against cyberattacks including those posed by quantum computing. Credit: Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
27 Aug 2018 Oak Ridge - Qrypt Inc., has exclusively licensed a novel cyber security technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), promising a stronger defense against cyberattacks including those posed by quantum computing.

Qrypt will incorporate ORNL's quantum random number generator, or QRNG, into the company's existing encryption platform, using inherent quantum randomness to create unique and unpredictable encryption keys enabling virtually impenetrable communications.

The advent of quantum computing offers a fundamentally new approach to solving some of the world's most difficult and pressing problems. However, quantum computing will also render current encryption methods obsolete and require a reimagined, quantum-based approach to protecting data.

"The cryptography we have developed is based on true quantum sources of entropy and is mathematically proven to be unbreakable - even in theory", stated Denis Mandich, Qrypt's chief technology officer at the company's New York City office.

"Until recently, this class of technology was unavailable at the scale required to encrypt Internet-sized datasets", Denis Mandich stated. "Simply relying on increasing the complexity of cryptographic algorithms has again proven to be a failing bet."

ORNL's research is integral to Qrypt's hybrid approach: combining quantum physics hardware with post-quantum cryptographic algorithms and software. "We anticipate a long and productive partnership with one of the nation's premier labs as we continue to develop secure computing technologies", he added.

One method for successful, failsafe encryption will come from encoding messages with encryption keys that are truly random. That is, there is no realistic chance the exact key sequence used could be generated more than once.

To harness quantum's perfect randomness, ORNL coinventor Raphael Pooser and his colleagues from the lab's quantum sensing, computing, and communications teams developed a quantum random number generator that detects the presence and characteristics of electro-magnetic waves, called photons, streaming from a light source.

"A field of quadrillions of photons are produced and pass through a beam splitter", Raphael Pooser stated. "Different from other QRNG technologies, our method does not require that we wait for a single photon to appear, but allows us to use the collective statistics of large numbers of them."

The ORNL device can detect and measure the quantum statistics of photons present in the field and use each one as the basis for creating truly unique encryption keys that are impossible to decipher or predict.

"While true and quantum random number generators have been available for years, they were impractical to incorporate into server size appliances and their output was always very limited", Denis Mandich stated.

ORNL's scientific achievement can be proven based on quantum entropy, a purely probabilistic effect, he said.

"Many competing technologies advertise true randomness and pass modern statistical testing, yet there is no guarantee they do not have a pattern discoverable in the future", stated Denis Mandich.

"Historically, patterns, predictability and repetition are a critical flaw for many crypto systems, allowing them to fall to basic cryptanalysis", he added.

Qrypt will incorporate ORNL's technology into a suite of quantum-resistant encryption techniques and technologies, including a card or chip enabling quick encryption of vast datasets. Data protected by this technology will be secure against attack by quantum computers or any future computational device and developments in the mathematics of cryptanalysis.

Co-inventors of the ORNL quantum random number generator are Raphael Pooser, Travis Humble, Brian Williams, Bing Qi and Benjamin Lawrie of the lab's Quantum Information Science group, part of ORNL's Computational Sciences and Engineering Division.

Source: DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory - ORNL

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Primeur weekly 2018-09-03

Focus

Automation helps CERN manage Big Data with easy-to-install SAFE data centre modules ...

Exascale supercomputing

Deep learning to predict fusion disruptions picked for first US exascale system ...

Quantum computing

Qrypt licenses ORNL's quantum random number generator to fortify encryption methods ...

Focus on Europe

Partnership between University of Amsterdam IAS and TNO to get a grip on complexity ...

The I4MS Initiative launches the first Disruptor Awards Contest for the best experiments featuring digital transformation ...

Middleware

Data In Science Technologies deploys Bright Cluster Manager at HudsonAlpha to improve cluster efficiency and scalability ...

SDSC awarded a three-year NSF grant for data reproducibility research ...

Altair introduces a disruptive new licensing model for the solidThinking software suite ...

Hardware

DDN finalizing acquisition of Tintri, expert in enterprise virtualization ...

New Texas supercomputer to push the frontiers of science ...

Penguin Computing expanding capabilities with new production facility, customer demonstration lab, and briefing centre in Fremont headquarters ...

GlobalFoundries reshapes technology portfolio to intensify focus on growing demand for differentiated offerings ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center selects Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand to accelerate new large-scale supercomputer ...

Mellanox announces availability of 200G LinkX copper and optical cables and transceiver for Ethernet and HDR InfiniBand ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges supercomputer extended by National Science Foundation ...

Applications

Attacking aftershocks ...

RENCI to lead two $1 million grants to support data-intensive scientific research ...

National Science Foundation awards $4.9 million to protect U.S. scientific workflow ...

Manufacturing programme calls for proposals focused on challenges in steel and aluminum ...

University of Wisconsin-Madison and Argonne partner to further advanced manufacturing technologies and entrepreneurship ...

Study in which BSC participated suggests 2005 record of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic close to maximum possible ...

Russian scientists have increased the Internet speed up to one and a half times ...

Preparing for chemical attacks with improved computer models ...

2018 APAC HPC-AI Student Competition sharpens weather forecast accuracy and image recognition to deliver improved real-life results ...

OneClick.ai joins NVIDIA Inception programme ...

The Cloud

OpenStack bare metal Clouds, fast forward upgrades and hardware accelerators take centre stage in latest release, Rocky ...