Water based computers can soon become reality thanks to the efforts of a team from Stanford University, new reports say.
Computers and water mixed together can’t possibly work? Well, you might be surprised.
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University together with two of his genius students developed what it will soon be known as the new water based computer. The synchronous computer was made a reality with the aid of moving water droplets.
The unique combination of such rare things, water and computers, is one of the great merits of physics. It was Manu Prakash, assistant professor at the university who first came up with the idea of developing a water based computer. And this idea stuck with him for almost a decade, until the possibility of making it real showed itself on the horizon.
Manu Prakash ability to manipulate droplet fluid dynamics in combination with the operating clock, which is a central constituent of computer science, gave birth to such an amazing result.
In order to be able to synchronize the water droplets they made a rotating magnetic field. The field was able to function as a clock when it used, at the same time, the small droplets as information and utilized the exact droplets’ movement to process physical materials and info.
Such computer clocks are extremely important to our present technology, without which it would not be able to properly function. Gadgets, air-crafts, Internet, etc. are all using it.
All the programs that use these clocks run in a bit by bit way. To make sure that the information is properly synchronized they stop and start all at the exact same time. Thus, the computers are able to work very precisely due to the synchronization of operations with each other.
Yet creating a clock for a fluid-based computer that would be able to manipulate water droplets wasn’t as easy as it might have seemed in the beginning. So Prakash had to create a rotating magnetic field system.
The water droplets are as tiny as the poppy seeds so the magnetic field could also be made smaller in order be able to execute more functions when it will be combined with the so small water droplets.
Prakash and his team have plans to release this computer to the general public in the near future but, in the meantime, experiments are still needed to be carried through behind closed doors.
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