What happens if you turn on a PC? How is an operating system able to run multiple tasks in parallel? What happens if you hit a key on your keyboard? And what actually is a process? If you have ever thought for more than a second about one of these things, then read on... A … Continue reading Why building an operating system from scratch?
So far, we have looked at states of a quantum computer and expressed these states in terms of qubits. However, just having a static state is of very limited use - to perform actual computations, we of course have to change our state over time. In quantum mechanics, state changes are described by unitary transformations … Continue reading Quantum gates
When you use your favorite search engine to search for information on quantum computing, the first term that will most likely jump at you is the qubit. In this post, I will try to explain what this is and how it is related to the usual framework of quantum mechanics. Please be aware that this … Continue reading Qubits and Hilbert spaces
In our discussion of the IP protocol, the reader might have noticed that there are many desirable features that the IP protocol does not have. Suppose for instance that we are building an application that needs to transmit data in a stream oriented way - this could be a video, an MP3 file or a … Continue reading Networking basics – the TCP protocol
When I started this blog, my intention was to document my own attempts to learn and understand some of the topics at the intersection of computer science, physics and mathematics that have the potential to change the world in which we work and live. After spending some time with one of these topics - machine … Continue reading Quantum computing
In the last post in this series, we have covered the basics of the IP protocol - the layout of a network message and the process of fragmentation. However, there is one point which we have not yet discussed. Assume that an application or operating system has actually assembled a message and applied fragmentation so … Continue reading Networking basics – IP routing and the ARP protocol
In the previous post in my networking series, we have looked in detail at the Ethernet protocol. We now understand how two machines can communicate via Ethernet frames. We have also seen that an Ethernet frame consists of an Ethernet header and some payload which can be used to transmit data using higher level protocols. … Continue reading Networking basics – IP