ABACUS researchers are using molecular motors and ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the substance that provides energy to all the cells in a human body, to power a biocomputer. They have shown that such a parallel biocomputer can find all the correct solutions to a combinatorial problem, rapidly and energy-efficiently.

"The fact that molecules are very cheap and that we have now shown the biocomputer’s calculations work leads me to believe that biocomputers have the prerequisites for practical use within ten years." Heiner Linke, director of the Center for Nanoscience at Lund University and ABACUS project coordinator.

Researchers in ABACUS project have utilised nanotechnology to create a biological computer that can solve certain mathematical problems far faster and more energy-efficiently than conventional electrical computers. The results have been recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . You can find more information in the press release on Using nanotechnology to create parallel computers from Lund University. Read about the ABACUS project to know more.