Scientists have successfully developed a method of "organic art" that could lead to the construction of fast supercomputers.
Researchers Desmond Loke, Griffin Clausen, Jacqueline Ohmura, Tow-Chong Chong and Angela Belcher have developed a method for the "genetic" construction of a better type of memory using a virus. This memory technology uses a material that can be reversibly changed between amorphous and crystalline states. The new method using the virus could lead to unprecedented advances in computer speed and efficiency.
The study, published in Applied Nano Materials, is the result of collaboration between institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
In a pioneering study, the researchers found a way to overcome time delays of the milliseconds that result from the transfer and storage of information between a random access memory (RAM) chip and a hard drive.
In order to overcome this major obstacle, the research team applied tiny wire technology. The traditional microscopic wire manufacturing process can increase energy consumption. Raising the temperature to 720 K will cause separation of the binary type material.
Researchers have shown that memory can be created by using the bacteriophage M13 - a kind of virus - a low-temperature construction of small germanium-tin-oxide cables. «This ability leads to the elimination of the half-second storage and transport delays required to date"Said Desmond Loke of SUTD.