By exploiting the superb properties of DNA, British researchers hope to make computers that develop according to calculations. What can make a desktop machine a supercomputer.
Imagine a computer entering a labyrinth. At the first branch, he would have no choice but to follow a path at random, after it he had to turn back to find his way. A situation in which the supercomputer devised by a team from the University of Manchester (UK) escapes in no time. How? By duplicating itself. A property that allows him to simultaneously explore the two paths to get out of the labyrinth more quickly.
This prowess, the British supercomputer owes it to processors designed based on DNA. A major advantage over conventional computers, which necessarily include a limited number of silicon chips. And even on quantum computers. For even if they also have the ability to explore two paths at the same time, they can only do so under certain conditions of symmetry.
Towards bionic supercomputers?
According to researchers at the University of Manchester, the small size of DNA molecules makes it possible to dream about a desktop computers performing better than the most powerful of today’s supercomputers.
It was thought that the non-deterministic universal Turing machine would only remain for a long time a mere view of the mind. But with this study, British scientists seem to have proven that it is possible to turn the dream into reality. And this thanks to duplicating DNA molecules creating a sub-machine for every possible transition.
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