Two Israeli scientists have created a computer that does away with electronics and uses lasers to perform complex tasks at the speed of light.
LightSolver was created by Dr. Ruti Ben Shlomi and Dr. Chene Tradonsky, physicists of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot in central Israel.
“[It is] faster than any kind of alternative computer, whether it’s a quantum computer or classical traditional computer,” Ben Shlomi tells NoCamels.
She says that the device itself is quite compact and does not need a special environment such as a vacuum or massive amounts of power to operate.
The computer itself is not suitable for domestic use, given its high computational power that is not needed by individuals. But what it can do, Ben Shlomi explains, is carry out multiple complex calculations at the same time, instead of processing each in turn.
She gives examples of instantaneous actions that will be required in the near future, such as synchronizing drone activity over a populated area to prevent collisions or controlling traffic lights in a smart city with autonomous cars.
LightSolver is not for sale and can only be licensed on a yearly basis or hired by the hour, Ben Shlomi says.
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She and Tradonsky are already working with companies in Israel and abroad. These include financial institutions for such multifaceted issues as risk management and credit ratings, and industries that rely heavily on logistics and complex supply chains.
They are also working with unnamed governments on defense issues.
According to Ben Shlomi, their computer is unique due to its size, its lack of electronics and speed.
“We can offer solutions orders of magnitude faster than the solution that any kind of other devices are offering,” she says.
“We can get cheaper, smaller and more accurate.”