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Virus to speed up PC's?!

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Scientists at MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design working on 'Phase Change Memory' which may end up replacing HDD's and RAM have taken a decent step forwards in making it a reality by using a virus in the manufacturing process. If this all comes to fruition it will eliminate the time delay moving information between an HDD and RAM by replacing both items with 1 new unit that will do both jobs (with expected larger storage capacity to boot).

 

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The key is to sit back and let a virus — the biological kind — handle the assembly work. Using a virus called a M13 bacteriophage to manufacture a specific component may unlock phase-change memory systems, a type of digital storage that would speed up any computer using it, according to research published last month in the journal ACS Applied Nano Materials.

 

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The problem these viruses solve comes from the way memory is transferred within a computer. Moving data from high-speed but transient RAM to permanent storage on a hard drive can sometimes take a computer several milliseconds.

Replacing that two-part memory system with a single, catch-all type of storage called phase-change memory would reduce that delay to about ten nanoseconds.[/QUOTE}

 

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Didn't quite mean to submit it when I did but it looks very interesting and while I am sure we will be using SSD's/RAM for a good while to come, it looks like the writing is already on the wall for them...

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Phase change memory has been in consideration for decades now. In fact, that's what optane is. There is no need for a virus. 

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1 minute ago, Coaxialgamer said:

Phase change memory has been in consideration for decades now. In fact, that's what optane is

So...

 

OPTANE = WAM

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Bacteriophages are quite clearly little robots anyway and not living. They were created by SkyNet in 1985. 

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3 minutes ago, RorzNZ said:

They were created by SkyNet in 1985

I thought they were a fictional device, Its what google told me

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1 minute ago, SlimyPython said:

I thought they were a fictional device, Its what google told me

 

220px-PhageExterior_svg.png.a175ca418f870d308937ce8ce1ccbd0b.png

Just look at these. They are little alien space shuttles!

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1 minute ago, RorzNZ said:

220px-PhageExterior_svg.png.a175ca418f870d308937ce8ce1ccbd0b.png

Just look at these. They are little alien space shuttles!

I stand by what I said, Looks computerly drawn

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1 minute ago, SlimyPython said:

I stand by what I said, Looks computerly drawn

It is a magnified image from a microscope. Science.

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2 minutes ago, SlimyPython said:

I stand by what I said, Looks computerly drawn

That's because it's a drawing of one to demonstrate to those of us without powerful microscopes what they look like

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1 minute ago, RorzNZ said:

It is a magnified image from a microscope. Science.

Looks pixelated

 

2 minutes ago, Nowak said:

That's because it's a drawing of one to demonstrate to those of us without powerful microscopes what they look like

How small are they?

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Just now, SlimyPython said:

Looks pixelated

It is zoomed in a lot using Microsoft Paint

Just now, SlimyPython said:

How small are they?

irl they are in 25-200nm (nanometres) in length. 

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1 minute ago, RorzNZ said:

irl they are in 25-200nm (nanometres) in length

 

2 minutes ago, Nowak said:

Microscopic

This doesnt add up

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Just now, Arika S said:

do i have to feed it?

feed it what?

 

I hope its not people

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23 minutes ago, RorzNZ said:

It is a magnified image from a microscope. Science.

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What? So they use a bacteria eating virus to synthesize a phase change material? I tried reading the source material but it didnt quite make sense

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