A breakthrough in the field of information technology is that – now water can empower your computers. Yes, after a decade of hard work and research, scientists at Stanford have developed water droplet based computer. The university’s Bioengineering professor and students have developed this synchronous computer on the basis of physics, i.e., water based fluid dynamics. Though water and computer never mix, but it is water droplets that work out the logic and control the machine.
The synch in water droplets is based on fluid computations. Many scientists have researched and made a feasible model which is a revolution both in science as well as computer sciences. The ability to compute and process physical processes makes this water droplet computer really helpful. We can step to different kinds of experiments as we now can interact, compute and manipulate physical matter with this.
The author of this research paper challenges that these water droplets can solve any logic gates you provide them. He mentions that we don’t need faster and computational machines for data as we already have digital computers for it, but in physical matter computations it has a variety of applications.
Manu Prakash of Indian origin is the head of the project and this model is his brainchild. He got this idea almost a decade back, when he was himself a grad student. Physics, chemistry and biology students as well as researchers are applauding this feat. The universal droplet logic and control model has been really well received by the media too, and the demo is just on a mesoscale.
“We already have digital computers to process information. Our goal is not to compete with electronic computers or to operate word processors on this,” Prakash said. “Our goal is to build a completely new class of computers that can precisely control and manipulate physical matter. Imagine if when you run a set of computations that not only information is processed, but physical matter is algorithmically manipulated as well. We have just made this possible at the mesoscale.”
The lab team is trying to make more processes feasible and are trying to match the magnetic clock with the sync capabilities of the computer clock. This is why the author challenges to demonstrate and develop any logic game on these magnetic water droplets.
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