BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A team of bioengineers from the McGill University is on the verge of rewriting the history of computational devices. The McGill University created the first biocomputer, a computation system that relies solely on biological interactions. The book-sized biocomputer will be able to handle far more complex mathematical operations than a normal supercomputer.
According to a team of bioengineers from the McGill University, headed by Professor Dan Nicolau, the new computational concept will be able to handle complex mathematical problems, and with a little fine tuning, it can even perform multiple operations at the same time.
Moreover, according to their projection, the future biocomputer will use only one percent the energy a normal computer needs in order to perform a similar task. Presently, with all the leaps we have taken in computer technology, an electronic computer is still limited to solving one problem at a time.
Most of us are not aware of this aspect because the time a computer needs in order to solve a problem is infinitesimal. Still, even the supercomputer have their limitation, the computational volume being one of them.
And for a future project, speed will not be everything that matters. In order to map out let’s say the neuron’s activity, one would require a computer good enough to analyze the biological information coming from various places. The best supercomputer is currently capable of handling no more than 100 human neurons.
But this new project shows a lot of promise. Future biological computers will not only require less energy to perform a laborious task, but they will be much smaller in size. By comparison, once of the world’s top-notch computers, the Tianhe-2 has over 3.000.000 processors and it is roughly the size of a small building.
The newly devised biological computer, which has yet to receive any name, is the size of a normal book and, in the nearby future, it will be able to handle far more complex mathematical operations than Tianhe-2.
In traditional computing, systems rely on electronic chips in order to conduct electrically charged electrons.
Unlike a traditional computer, the new biological computer does not make use of electrons. Instead, the 1.5-centimeter chip uses a molecule called myosin.
Myosin is used by our bodies in order to move strands of protein along a predetermined path. Now, biocomputers instead of electrons use Adenosine triphosphate, a substance that nourishes our body’s energy needs.
The scientists predicted that a computer powered by myosin and Adenosine triphosphate will be able to handle more tasks at the same time, given the fact that works can work in parallel to fulfill the same task.
McGill University created the first biocomputer, a concept that is sure to revolutionize the computer industry.