The crystal computer - computing with inorganic cellular frameworks and nets

Symes, M.D. and Cronin, L. (2011) The crystal computer - computing with inorganic cellular frameworks and nets. International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation, 3(1), pp. 24-34. (doi: 10.4018/jnmc.2011010103)

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The enormous potential of parallel computing has led to the first prototype devices being constructed. However, all the examples to date rely on complicated chemical and/or physical manipulations, and hence do not lend themselves to the kind of widespread investigation necessary to advance the field. This article presents a new paradigm for parallel computing: the use of solid, single crystalline materials as cellular automata suggesting the idea of the “Crystal Computer,” now possible due to a new class of crystalline cellular materials that undergo single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SC-SC) oxidation and reduction (REDOX) reactions. Two avenues are proposed for investigation: reversible single-crystal to single-crystal electronic transformations and solid-state spin transfer within spin-crossover complexes. Both schemes allow computation to occur in three dimensions, within cheap and easy to assemble materials and using commonplace techniques for input and readout.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Symes, Professor Mark and Cronin, Professor Lee
Authors: Symes, M.D., and Cronin, L.
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation
Publisher:IGI Global
ISSN (Online):1941-6326
Published Online:01 November 2011

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