Q-CTRL, a startup that applies the principles of control engineering to power quantum technology, announced it will demonstrate its performance-boosting quantum computer infrastructure software in a real-world problem at the Australian Army’s inaugural Quantum Technologies Challenge at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center on April 20.

Quantum bits or “qubits” — the logical elements in quantum computers — are limited in number and prone to error in today’s systems, posing a roadblock to the broader application of this advanced technology. Q-CTRL will showcase how techniques in quantum control can help achieve the greatest possible computational performance from today’s small-scale and imperfect quantum computers.

To illustrate the solution’s flexibility and advantages, the company will demonstrate improved outcomes when using quantum computing to solve the computationally challenging problem of efficiently resupplying multiple locations using unmanned ground vehicles.

“Our solution delivers real performance boosts in a problem that has real impact for defense missions,” said Q-CTRL CEO Michael J. Biercuk. “Effective and efficient supply chains are essential to any successful military endeavor, and we are focused on accelerating the development and performance of quantum computers to make them relevant for defense in the next few years, rather than the next few decades. We are proud to be presenting our unique capabilities to the Australian Army at its first Quantum Technologies Challenge event.”

The Quantum Technologies Challenge was created to leverage Australia’s national strategic strength in the emerging quantum industry for defense. The event is designed to enable army officials to issue specific challenges that test hypotheses of quantum technology applications in land operations as well as providing a forum for networking and the exchange of ideas among the quantum technology community.

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