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William McKnight

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I will periodically be sharing my thoughts and observations on information management here in the blog. I am passionate about the effective creation, management and distribution of information for the benefit of company goals, and I'm thrilled to be a part of my clients' growth plans and connect what the industry provides to those goals. I have played many roles, but the perspective I come from is benefit to the end client. I hope the entries can be of some modest benefit to that goal. Please share your thoughts and input to the topics.

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William is the president of McKnight Consulting Group, a firm focused on delivering business value and solving business challenges utilizing proven, streamlined approaches in data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence, all with a focus on data quality and scalable architectures. William functions as strategist, information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide. William is a Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a frequent best-practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers, and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His team's implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. He is a former IT Vice President of a Fortune company, a former software engineer, and holds an MBA. William is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting. Contact William at wmcknight@mcknightcg.com.

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We seldom take the time to consider the limitations brought on by the bit-based computers we use today where the state of any bit can be either 1 or 0, on or off. After all, so far, we've been able to double computing power about every 18 months. That's a nice rate of improvement, but ultimately unsustainable without a paradigm shift.

The most promising shift will be to quantum computing. Quantum computing, based on "qubits" which allow bits to be BOTH 1 and 0. As this 2000 article from MSNBC.COM attests, "As you string together more and more qubits, the power grows exponentially. If you link two qubits together, you can work with four values at the same time. Three qubits can work with eight values, and so on. If you can get up to 40 qubits, you could work with more than a trillion values simultaneously."

So far, quantum computing exists only in the lab. And, from what is leaked out, it sure very slow-developing. However, it's very possible that our children will work completely outside the limitations of on/off bits and detectable processing times for most computing requests.

Posted February 13, 2006 12:04 PM
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Try GENERIC quantum computing. It's natural.

To serial compute, use transistors

To serial/parallel quantum multiprocess DO NOT use transistors--direct-connect
electrons/photons on the hyperfractal architecture. Pair-to-pair concurrent 0/1 connections are binary recursive, always at both places at one time---automatically. Make the 64-bit to 1 tillion-qubit quantum leap---but don't tell Homeland Security you have a trillion-key code breaker or they'll rendition you to Poland for life.

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