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Ministry of Defence Acquires U.K. Government's First Quantum Computer

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The Orca Computing PT-1 quantum computer.

Stephen Till of the Ministry's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory says having access to Orca's quantum computer will accelerate the Ministry's understanding of the technology.

Credit: Orca Computing

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has acquired that government's first quantum computer from London-based Orca Computing and will work with the company on applications for quantum technology for the defense sector.

Orca's small PT-1 quantum computer, which operates at room temperature, uses photons to optimize image analysis, decision-making, and other machine learning tasks.

Said Orca's Richard Murray, "Our partnership with MoD gives us the type of hands-on close interaction, working with real hardware which will help us to jointly discover new applications of this revolutionary new technology."

MoD's Stephen Till added, "We expect the Orca system to provide significantly improved latency—the speed at which we can read and write to the quantum computer."

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