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Ministry of Defence acquires government’s first quantum computer2022

The government’s first quantum computer has been bought by the Ministry of Defense (MoD).
Quantum computers can do very complicated calculations very quickly, and their creators say they can solve problems that regular computers can’t.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) will work with the British company Orca Computing to find ways that quantum technology can be used in defense.

Stephen Till, who works at the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) for the Ministry of Defense, said it was a “milestone moment.”

Most of the computers we use at home and at work process data in “bits,” which can be either zero or one.

Instead, a qubit, which is a two-stage unit, is used to process data in quantum computers.

Through a quantum mechanical process called “superposition,” this can stand for both one and zero at the same time. This lets quantum computers bridge binary digits and deal with uncertainty in ways that regular computers can’t.

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Experts and physicists in quantum computing say this means that problems that take regular computers years to figure out could be solved in just a few minutes.

Promise v reality

Prof. Winfried Hensinger, who is the head of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies at the University of Sussex, says that quantum computers will need time to reach their full potential.

“They still can’t solve any real-world problems. They let you get a sense of what it might be like to work on a quantum computer if you can make this machine work with really big systems.”

But he says that the promise of quantum computing and the fact that the MoD is looking into it are still important.

Prof. Hensinger says that quantum computing has the potential to change almost every industry.

“You can probably guess that there are a lot of problems in defense where optimization can play a huge and very important role.”

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If you try to explain quantum computing to your friends at a party, you might not be able to keep their attention for very long.

It is a very complicated idea that has nothing to do with your laptop, your phone, or even the huge supercomputers that can process mind-boggling amounts of data in a nanosecond.

Quantum computing has the potential to help solve problems that regular computers can’t.

The idea is that it will be used to fight climate change, make new drugs, and improve artificial intelligence. In this case, it could also help the military.

But, just like the early days of regular computers, we are now at a point where these machines are very rare and hard to use, in part because the qubits that make them up to have to be kept frozen.

But Orca’s machine doesn’t need this, so it can be much smaller and a little bit more useful.

A vote of confidence

Richard Murray, the CEO of Orca Computing, says that the company’s work with the MoD is a “significant vote of confidence” even though there is debate about how real quantum computing is and what it can do.

“Our partnership with the Ministry of Defense gives us the kind of close, hands-on interaction with real hardware that will help us find new ways to use this revolutionary new technology together.”

Orca's small PT-1 quantum computer

The government’s first quantum computer has been bought by the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

Quantum computers can do very complicated calculations very quickly, and their creators say they can solve problems that regular computers can’t.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) will work with the British company Orca Computing to find ways that quantum technology can be used in defense.

Stephen Till, who works at the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) for the Ministry of Defense, said it was a “milestone moment.”

Most of the computers we use at home and at work process data in “bits,” which can be either zero or one.

Instead, a qubit, which is a two-stage unit, is used to process data in quantum computers.