Quantum Computer Architectures and Hardware Security
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As Quantum Computer device research continues to advance rapidly, there are also advances at the other levels of the computer system stack that involve these devices. In particular, more and more of the Quantum Computer devices are becoming available as cloud-based services through IBM Quantum, Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure, and others. And in parallel, researchers have put forward ideas about multi-programming of the Quantum Computer devices where single device can be shared by multiple programs, or even multiple users. While all of the advances make the Quantum Computer devices more easily accessible and increase utilization, they open up the devices to various security threats. The objective of this seminar will be to introduce audience to recent research on security of quantum computer architectures and hardware, demonstrating recent security attack prototypes, as well as defenses. The focus of the seminar will be on superconducting qubit quantum computers, however, the security ideas can be applied to other types of quantum computers. One of the goals of the seminar will be as well to motivate discussion about quantum computer architecture and hardware security and make connections between the quantum computer research community and the architecture and hardware security research community to help develop secure quantum computers of the future.