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Posted By Peter Bentley
Below I mentioned that my systemic computer was featured in a New Scientist article. Since then, the work has been picked up worldwide and has appeared in many surprising places. Many thanks for the interest! Some of the other articles have included, erm... some interesting claims. Just to clarify: the systemic computer can repair its damaged code. It is not a PC, although it has been simulated by a PC and a Mac. It is not a new operating system, it is an entirely new computer architecture which runs code on bare metal (no operating system). The FPGA is not a resource manager - we used it to implement the entire computer plus a conventional co-processor. It does not use Chaos Theory. It does not detect overheating. It does not run Ms Windows or Max OS X or any operating system. Oh, and it's not Skynet. Not yet anyway!

Here are just a few of the other articles about the work. I got to page 10 in Google and gave up. I know there are many, many more out there. Thanks for going to so much trouble, folks.

Wired.co.uk No more blue screen of death with crash-proof computer

Wall Street Journal tech blog The Self-Repairing Computer That Never Crashes

Phys.org Researchers build self-repairing "systemic" computer (Also reported in eScience News, feedstory.net)

ZeeNews Now a Computer that Heals Itself(Also in The Times of India, truthdive.com, aninews.com, RupeeRains News, penmai.com, socialmediablazer.com)

pcworld.com Crash-proof computer tactic revealed by UK researchers (also reproduced in computerworld.co.nz)

pcpro.com Crash-proof computer created by London researchers

Hexus.net The "systemic computer" that repairs itself and never crashes

Slashgear.com Systemic computer can rebuild corrupted data and never crashes (also reproduced in techinvestornews.com)

digitaltrends.com Scientists design crash-proof computer based on nature’s chaos

extremetech.com Researchers create crash- proof, self-repairing, inspired-by-nature computer

kitguru.net How to build a PC that never crashes

venturebeat.com Scientists invent a self-repairing computer that will never crash (also in ebests.com, gamespasm.com)

techspot.com Scientists develop computer that never crashes

ubergizmo.com Computer That Never Crashes Mimics Biology

gizmodo.com Scientists Claim They’ve Built a Computer That Never Crashes

IT News Today Found a way to rid computer of lockups and crashes


 
Posted By Peter Bentley

We've been working on my systemic computer for several years but it's only now that we have a working hardware version, thanks to my talented EngD student Christos Sakellariou.

The computer is a result of more than a decade of research into modelling natural processes using conventional computers (processes such as evolution, brains, ecosystems, etc). The models were usually very slow and I realised that our conventional computers have a very different way of processing information compared to all natural systems. For example, our brain has billions of neurons, many of which can fire at the same time. This means information is processed in parallel, distributed across the whole brain. In conventional computers, only one (or very few) instructions are followed at the same time, memory is centralised, and so although they do things very fast, they are still very slow compared to our brains. The other problem is failure - a centralised architecture will fail as soon as one component fails. In our brain we lose neurons every day but we're fine - our brains have the redundancy to cope and the ability to reconfigure themselves to make use of what is left. So I decided I wanted to build a computer that worked more like a brain. The result is the systemic computer. It processes information in parallel and it can reconfigure itself if it gets damaged.

We're still working on it, and you can read more about the systemic computer here. However, we're very pleased to have a lead technology story in New Scientist today! Not only that, but the story was the most read on the New Scientist website . Thanks to Paul Marks for the article.

New Scientist systemic computer article