Today’s computers use vast amounts of electric power – so much so that the inability to cool the processors actually hampers the development of more powerful computers. In addition, they cannot do two things at the same time, which affects the processing speed needed.
The EU is now funding a large project that aims to develop technology for an extremely powerful computer based on highly efficient molecular motors. The motors will use a fraction of the energy of existing computers, and will be able to tackle problems where many solutions need to be explored simultaneously.
The project is lead by Heiner Linke from Solid State Physics, runs from 2017-2021 and is funded by Horizon 2020.
Read more on the Bio4Comp project website (in English), in the Lund University press releases (in Swedish and in English), at the news from Lund University Faculty of Engineering (in Swedish), at Display+ (in English), at IDW-online (in English and in German) or in the PNAS article "Parallel computation with molecular-motor-propelled agents in nanofabricated networks" where the members of the project group shows that the technology works in practice: doi: 10.1073/pnas.1510825113 (in English).