Most people have heard of supercomputing. Most people have heard of quantum computing. While it might sound natural to assume that quantum computing is simply an evolution of supercomputing, they’re fundamentally different in key ways.
Just as a space shuttle is not the next evolution of a bicycle, quantum computing is not the next evolution of the supercomputer. It’s a disruptive technology that aims to surpass the capabilities of the most powerful supercomputers and solve problems that are considered too complicated for classical computers. This emergence of quantum as a compute resource for solving specific computing challenges is perhaps the most significant facet of quantum for federal agencies to understand.