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Biomolecules – the future of computing?

Bio4Comp, a recently launched research project funded by the EU program Horizon 2020 aims to develop a biocomputer that can overcome two main obstacles faced by today’s supercomputers.

Bio4Comp Research Project: researchers at the kick-off meeting
Bio4Comp Research Project: all researchers at the kick-off meeting © Teresa de Martino

The recently launched international research project Bio4Comp aims to develop a biocomputer that can overcome the two main obstacles faced by today’s supercomputers: first, they use vast amounts of electric power – so much that the development of more powerful computers is hampered primarily by limitations in the ability to cool the processors. Second, they cannot do two things at the same time. The EU by means of their Horizon 2020 program now funds a project that will develop a computer based on highly efficient molecular motors that will use a fraction of the energy of existing computers, and that can tackle problems where many solutions need to be explored simultaneously.

The Bio4Comp research consortium consists of six partnering research teams including the group of Stefan Diez, Professor for BioNanoTools at TU Dresden’s B CUBE institute.

For more information see the TU Dresden news and the Bio4Comp website.