Article: Amazon proposes novel approach to quantum computing error correction

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Amazon proposes novel approach to quantum computing error correction

Researchers at the Amazon Web Services Inc.-led AWS Center for Quantum Computing have published what they say is their first architecture paper today, describing a theoretical blueprint for a fault-tolerant quantum computer. The paper proposes an entirely new and apparently workable approach to the problem of “quantum error correction,” which is a key challenge that must be overcome in order to devise a working quantum computer that can live up to its full potential.

The problem with quantum computers is that they’re incredibly fragile machines. Their potential comes from the fact they use “qubits” to perform computations, rather than the “bits” found in traditional computers. Whereas bits can hold a state of 0 or 1, qubits can be a 0, a 1 or both states at the same time. It’s this property that allows otherwise impossible computations to be performed, making them far more powerful than traditional computers can ever be.

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Article: A guide to Plan S: the open-access initiative shaking up science publishing

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A guide to Plan S: the open-access initiative shaking up science publishing

In 2018, an influential group of research funders announced a bold pledge: the scientists they fund should publish their peer-reviewed papers outside journal paywalls. The initiative, called Plan S, caused an instant uproar over its aim of ending journal subscription models — the means by which many scholarly publications have financed their existence. Its intended start date in 2020 was delayed, and its details were tweaked. But after much sparring over policy, the project formally began in 2021, with 25 funding agencies rolling out similar open-access (OA) mandates.

As the first papers under these mandates are published, Plan S supporters say it’s the start of a journey towards open science. But most research funders haven’t signed up yet, and negotiations over the plan have produced a complex landscape of options to avoid paywalls.

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Article: Replicated Releases Open-Source Alert Tool to Support Compliance, Security in Kubernetes Clusters

Open Software, Open Source

Replicated Releases Open-Source Alert Tool to Support Compliance, Security in Kubernetes Clusters

Replicated today released its open source image version alert tool, called Outdated, to help cluster admins and operators actively determine if they’re running the latest versions of container images and ensure a higher level of security and compliance. While there are other tools on the market that support similar actions, Outdated is the first standardized tool that will automatically tell customers when there’s a container image update they need to install.

“Instead of just deploying the latest version in a cluster, we determined the best solution is to always pin a specific version so you get reproducible deployments, and then you can decide what you want to do next,” said Marc Campbell, CTO at Replicated.

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Article: Replicated open-sources its Outdated container image alert tool

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Replicated open-sources its Outdated container image alert tool

On-premises software delivery company Replicated Inc. is beefing up security for cloud-native applications with the launch today of a free and open-source image version alert tool called Outdated that helps enterprises ensure they’re running the most up-to-date versions of their container images.

Replicated sells tools that help enterprises run cloud-native apps based on Kubernetes on their on-premises infrastructure. Although most companies are embracing the cloud these days, there are still many apps that need to run inside private data centers, for security and other reasons.

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