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Inventing a computer that never crashes

Posted on Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 | Comment icon 54 comments | News tip by: seeder

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Researchers at University College London have created a computer that can repair and reprogram itself.

Known as a "systemic" computer, the resilient machine is capable of keeping mission-critical systems running by self-repairing whenever there is damage to its systems or its files become corrupted. Unlike a standard computer which sequentially executes one instruction at a time, the systemic computer is divided up in to systems that contain context-sensitive data and that can run simultaneously without reliance on any other running system.

"The pool of systems interact in parallel, and randomly, and the result of a computation simply emerges from those interactions," said UCL computer scientist Peter Bentley. In the future such computers could prove invaluable in robotic systems such as drones or spacecraft that need to reprogram themselves to compensate for damage or other problems experienced on the fly.

"Dubbed a "systemic" computer, the self-repairing machine now operating at University College London (UCL) could keep mission-critical systems working."

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Comment icon #45 Posted by notoverrated on 20 February, 2013, 2:23
cool i want one, im sick of getting this thing fixed .
Comment icon #46 Posted by Sundew on 20 February, 2013, 2:42
It can fix itself! Until someone loads Windows........
Comment icon #47 Posted by ancient astronaut on 20 February, 2013, 2:58
I need this, my computer sucks
Comment icon #48 Posted by Frank Merton on 20 February, 2013, 3:24
I don't see how the computer manufacturers are going to make much money selling a computer that fixes itself. As it is they design them to get progressively slower and slower and have more and more freezes. It is only third-party software that interferes with their plans at all, and then only partly. Therefore I don't think such a thing will come to market, at least not from a public company.
Comment icon #49 Posted by third_eye on 20 February, 2013, 3:28
The tablets and Pads are already pouring out towards the new horizon, our opinions matters little, that's where the next profit sprouting sector is and that's where we're all gonna have to do our daily computer related activities in the future. Actually from what I understand, processing power is gradually being phased under, Not for higher speed and float points but rather multi CPUs on the cores and grid, it's just a another way of using software codes. Your concerns about Cloud is not new, but as I say, what we think matters little, they are still working on it, they ar... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by JenniKitty on 22 February, 2013, 21:09
I would do terrible things to get one, the other day my laptop crashed and my entire Sim town is now forever lost, rest in peace Sims :(
Comment icon #51 Posted by shrooma on 23 February, 2013, 14:49
. get ready for the virtual zombie apocalypse! :-)
Comment icon #52 Posted by seeder on 23 February, 2013, 20:33
haha surely the sims can be saved in time? The cmos battery should feed them and all you need is a good mate who can restore stuff?
Comment icon #53 Posted by shrooma on 23 February, 2013, 20:49
. noooo!! let them turn into zombies! then go online, let the zombies infect everyone elses simworlds, sit back (with beer & pizza), and watch the resulting mayhem and carnage! :-)
Comment icon #54 Posted by shrooma on 23 February, 2013, 20:55
that'd be a great game to be honest, sims-zombie apocalypse! so if it DOES come about, I hope I can rely on you guys as witnesses when I sue EA games for theft of intellectual property...?

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