Scientists create first biological supercomputer

Scientists have created the world’s first biological supercomputer which is energy efficient and it hardly heats up at all. It uses proteins instead of electrons to relay information around a circuit. The proteins are powered by adenosine triphosphate (ATP). That is what an international team of researchers led by Prof. Nicolau, the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at McGill, believe.


Although the model bio supercomputer was able to very efficiently tackle a complex classical mathematical problem by using parallel computing of the kind used by supercomputers, the researchers recognize that there is still a lot of work ahead to move from the model they have created to a full-scale functional computer.

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  • Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – Adenosine triphosphate is a nucleoside triphosphate used in cells as a coenzyme often called the “molecular unit of currency” of intracellular energy transfer. ATP transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism.
  • World’s most powerful supercomputer is China’s Tianhe-2.
  • The Chinese supercomputer is followed by Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is also the world’s most energy efficient supercomputer.
  • Eleven Indian machines have found a place in the latest list of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers, including two in the top 100.


So lets do:
What you understand by adenosine triphosphate (ATP)?
World’s most powerful supercomputer make by which country?



Source – sciencealert

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