Connecting To The Next Frontier Of Computing With Quantum Networks


April 17th, 2022

40 mins 23 secs

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The next paradigm shift in computing is coming in the form of quantum technologies. Quantum procesors have gained significant attention for their speed and computational power. The next frontier is in quantum networking for highly secure communications and the ability to distribute across quantum processing units without costly translation between quantum and classical systems. In this episode Prineha Narang, co-founder and CTO of Aliro, explains how these systems work, the capabilities that they can offer, and how you can start preparing for a post-quantum future for your data systems.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Dr. Prineha Narang about her work at Aliro building quantum networking technologies and how it impacts the capabilities of data systems


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Aliro is and the story behind it?
  • What are the use cases that you are focused on?
  • What is the impact of quantum networks on distributed systems design? (what limitations does it remove?)
  • What are the failure modes of quantum networks?
    • How do they differ from classical networks?
  • How can network technologies bridge between classical and quantum connections and where do those transitions happen?
    • What are the latency/bandwidth capacities of quantum networks?
    • How does it influence the network protocols used during those communications?
      • How much error correction is necessary during the quantum communication stages of network transfers?
  • How does quantum computing technology change the landscape for AI technologies?
    • How does that impact the work of data engineers who are building the systems that power the data feeds for those models?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen quantum technologies used for data systems?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Aliro and your academic research?
  • When are quantum technologies the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Aliro and your research efforts?

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  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?


The intro and outro music is from The Hug by The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA

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