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IBM unveils computer fed by 'electronic blood'

 

IBM has unveiled a prototype of a new brain-inspired computer powered by what it calls "electronic blood".

 

The firm says it is learning from nature by building computers fuelled and cooled by a liquid, like our minds.

 

The human brain packs phenomenal computing power into a tiny space and uses only 20 watts of energy - an efficiency IBM is keen to match.

 

Its new "redox flow" system pumps an electrolyte "blood" through a computer, carrying power in and taking heat out.

 

A very basic model was demonstrated this week at the technology giant's Zurich lab by Dr Patrick Ruch and Dr Bruno Michel.

 

Their vision is that by 2060, a one petaflop computer that would fill half a football field today, will fit on your desktop.

 

"We want to fit a supercomputer inside a sugarcube. To do that, we need a paradigm shift in electronics - we need to be motivated by our brain," says Michel.

 

"The human brain is 10,000 times more dense and efficient than any computer today.

 

"That's possible because it uses only one - extremely efficient - network of capillaries and blood vessels to transport heat and energy - all at the same time."

 

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"The computer industry uses $30bn of energy and throws it out of the window. We're creating hot air for $30bn," says Michel.

 

"Ninety-nine per cent of a computer's volume is devoted to cooling and powering. Only 1% is used to process information. And we think we've built a good computer?"

 

"The brain uses 40% of its volume for functional performance - and only 10% for energy and cooling."

 

Michel's vision is for a new "bionic" computing architecture, inspired by one of the laws of nature - allometric scaling - where an animal's metabolic power increases with its body size.

 

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