Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Information Technology
Information Technology
WARF: P200109US02

Inventors: Randall Goldsmith, Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Si Yue Guo, Chang-Chi Wu, Pascal Friederich, Leroy Cronin, Yudong Cao, Nathan Gianneschi, Abhishek Sharma, Christopher Forman

The Invention
A collaborative group of professors from several universities, including UW-Madison, have developed a molecular computer for solving a computational problem using an array of reaction sites. The computation is performed by a network of chemical reactions taking place within an array of spatially localized droplets, each representing a bit of information.  To solve combinatorial optimization problems, the constraints and requirements are mapped to interaction energies in a Hamiltonian (i.e., problem variables and parameters).  The energies are in turn encoded in the form of intra- and inter-droplet interactions.  The problem is solved by initiating the chemical reactions and allowing the system to reach a steady state; in effect, the spin system is annealed to its ground state.  The solution is obtained by reading the final states of each droplet.
Key Benefits
  • Novel molecular computing system for discrete optimization
  • Removes need for physically defined circuits
  • Intrinsic parallelization of chemicals reactions reduces step-wise memory storage needs
  • Configurable with extensive phase, mechanism, and reagent space to explore
  • Scalable 
Additional Information
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