I had an opportunity to present at Computer Sciences Corporation’s Digital Disruptions conference in Falls Church, Virginia last week. The audience was primarily CTOs/CIOs from CSC clients. I went for a run around the hotel and had a pretty big sense of deja vu, with a weird feeling that I’d been there before. It took awhile but eventually made the connection; DARPA has an office right across the street, which I’d visited when the FOQUS program was being suggested.
A podcast of the talk is available on itunes (I don’t know how to link to it directly, but in itunes search on CSC Leading Edge Forum you will find it), as are the other talks from the conference. You can find the slides there, also I’ve linked to them here 20081029_csc_final.
One of the memes I tried to focus on in this talk was the critical importance of best practices fab in any quantum computer development effort. This is a point that I don’t think is widely appreciated. It simply is not possible to build processors in any way but the one used now in the semiconductor industry. This is unfortunate (because it means that if you’re really serious about trying to build a quantum computer you need to build your own foundry at extreme technical risk, time and expense) but it’s also reality.