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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 11 2014, @08:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the well-its-worth-a-try dept.

AnonTechie writes:

"Physicist proposes a new type of computing at SXSW (South-by-SouthWest Interactive), known as orbital computing. From the article:

A physicist from SLAC who spoke at SXSW interactive has proposed using the state changes in the orbits of electrons as a way to build faster computers. The demand for computing power is constantly rising, but we're heading to the edge of the cliff in terms of increasing performance - both in terms of the physics of cramming more transistors on a chip and in terms of the power consumption. We've covered plenty of different ways that researchers are trying to continue advancing Moore's Law - this idea that the number of transistors (and thus the performance) on a chip doubles every 18 months - especially the far out there efforts that take traditional computer science and electronics and dump them in favor of using magnetic spin, quantum states or probabilistic logic.

A new impossible that might become possible thanks to Joshua Turner, a physicist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, who has proposed using the orbits of electrons around the nucleus of an atom as a new means to generate the binary states (the charge or lack of a charge that transistors use today to generate zeros and ones) we use in computing."

 
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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by VLM on Tuesday March 11 2014, @09:08PM

    by VLM (445) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @09:08PM (#14863)

    "So I would say that you are both right and wrong in same time."

    Sounds like a quantum computing problem. Better call dwave.

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by wonkey_monkey on Wednesday March 12 2014, @08:58AM

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @08:58AM (#15114) Homepage

    Dwave's not here, man.

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