Montana State University Selects ORCA Computing to Advance Distributed Quantum Computing and Communications

ORCA Computing has been selected by Montana State University (MSU) to supply two PT-1 quantum photonics systems, advancing distributed quantum computing and critical quantum capabilities. Funded by the U.S Air Force as part of a new Applied Quantum CORE grant, the ORCA systems will be situated at the MSU Innovation Campus within the INDUSTRY Bozeman building. These systems will support MSU’s mission to move advanced quantum technology applications in security, communications sensing and computing from concept and testing to market.  

“The installation of two on-premises quantum computers from ORCA Computing is a milestone moment for Montana State University,” said Prof. Yves Idzerda, Dean of College of Letters and Science, MSU.  

“Having hands-on access to photonic quantum computing technologies empowers us to advance our quantum efforts more rapidly, streamline the development and characterization of sophisticated quantum systems, and accelerate their real-world deployment,” added Prof. Krishna Rupavatharam, Director of Spectrum Lab, MSU. 

“Montana State University is renowned for its expertise and robust infrastructure, setting the stage for significant progress in quantum technologies,” said Richard Murray PhD, Co-founder and CEO, ORCA Computing. “Our PT-1 systems are ideally suited to support the university’s bold mission of accelerating quantum applications. We are excited to partner with them and contribute to their pioneering efforts.” 

This latest on-premises system deployment further highlights ORCA’s ongoing momentum in providing PT Series units to esteemed customers such as the UK Ministry of Defence and the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. Additionally, the company has undertaken numerous initiatives for major government and enterprise clients in the energy, defense, and high-performance computing (HPC) sectors.