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IN THE IT PIPELINE WHAT: A request for proposals from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity for its quantum computing Logical Qubits (LogiQ) Program. WHY: The intelligence com- munity has been pushing for a new computing model to tackle its exploding data processing needs. IARPA’s RFP is the next step in the quest to develop a new quantum bit (qubit) circuit design. Quantum computers process huge amounts of data, which would provide a substan- tial leap forward. Quantum computing, how- ever, is inherently unstable because qubits can “flip” unex- pectedly and introduce serious errors into the computations. IARPA said it wants to “build a logical qubit from a number of imperfect physical qubits by combining high-fidelity multi- qubit operations with extensible integration.” That’s a complex way of say- ing the organization is looking for a more efficient way to scale quantum computing systems. According to the solicitation, success in building practical quantum computers hinges on the ability to control for the errors in quantum gates, which can be achieved by finding a way to encode physical qubits into a logical qubit. The deadline for the initial round of proposals is Sept. 1. The LogiQ Program is slated to begin Feb. 1, 2016, and end by Jan. 31, 2021. Read the RFP: is.gd/FCW_IARPA_qubit In 2010, the White House released an ambitious plan to repurpose 500 MHz of federal and commercially licensed spectrum for use by providers offer- ing high-speed mobile Internet access. The administration is about half- way to meeting its goal, according to a blog post by Paige Atkins, associate administrator of the Office of Spectrum Management at the National Telecom- munications and Information Admin- istration. Over five years, NTIA — in partnership with the Federal Commu- nications Commission — has freed up 245 MHz of spectrum for use in licensed and unlicensed mobile broadband. More will come next year. A planned reverse auction of existing broadcast TV spectrum licenses could yield as much as 144 MHz, according to gov- ernment estimates. It’s not clear how the government will reach the 500 MHz target, and Atkins noted that the process “only increases in difficulty.” She said regulators would continue to look to government and commercial users to “identify additional spectrum for potential repurposing, including through shared access, while ensuring federal agencies have access to spec- trum needed to perform their critical missions.” — Adam Mazmanian Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen said data has a shelf life, and it is impractical to secure everything. Like food, data should come with an expiration date because after a couple months, it is generally less valuable and therefore less worth securing, he said. “I think it’s becoming a whole lot less about the devices and a whole lot more about...intelligently understanding the data,” Halvorsen told attendees at a mobility conference hosted by AFCEA’s D.C. chapter in July. “And I really do think you all can help us with that.” Halvorsen appealed to the data spe- cialists in the audience to collaborate more closely with DOD, as he said industry did during World War II. “We’ve gotten away from some of those part- nerships, and we definitely need that back today,” he said. The cyberthreats of today make that partnership all the more urgent, Halvorsen added, because cyberspace is both “the new warfare area” and “the new economic area.” — Sean Lyngaas Administration halfway to spectrum goal 10 July 30, 2015 FCW.COM Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, field questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. 6:01 AM - 13 Jul 2015 Noblis Engineering @NoblisE3S Reply Retweet Favorite @WhiteHouse is talking to @ULdialogue about a potential #IoT certification. @FCWnow: http://ow.ly/PvByF WIKIMEDIA.ORG Halvorsen touts ‘secure enough’ mobility Trending of physical servers worldwide have not delivered information or computing services in six months or more 30% 0730fcw_004-011.indd 10 7/15/15 2:03 PM
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