This summer I’m teaching a course in the professional masters program here at UW:

CSE P 590 TU: Quantum Computing

Dave Bacon – Instructor

Day/Time: Wednesday 6:30-9:20 pm; Place: TBD

(First time offering.) An introduction to and survey of the field of quantum computing. Quantum computation is an emerging field whose goal is to design effectively atomic sized computers which exploit the parallelism of the quantum mechanical laws of the universe. While this sounds futuristic, quantum computers are fast becoming a reality, and have the potential to revolutionize computation over the next twenty years. Topics include quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, and quantum cryptography. This course will cover why quantum computers can break certain public key cryptosystems, the engineering challenges in building a physical quantum computing device, and the level of security assured by quantum crytopgraphic devices. Prior knowledge of quantum theory is not necessary.

I just put up a preliminary version of the course website. The one issue which is bugging me a lot as I try to think about this class is exactly how to deal with the nearly three hour length of these classes. I may be a funny looking guy, but am I really as entertaining as the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings?

Holy Mother! 6:30 to 9:20? wtf?

Just fill them up with Red Bull every half hour or so. Personally, I’d recommend a regular dossage of Red Bull with Jagermeister. That tends to keep most people interested in pretty much anything for a few hours.

I want to be Gandalf, damnit.

Yes – you are our own family version of Sam & Frodo, all rolled into one.