In general, supercomputers tend to be large devices. However, as Mashable reports, this may be about to change. IBM has developed a computer the size of a grain of salt.
According to the company, the device is the smallest in the world and will be presented during the IBM Think 2018, the conference of the company that happens this week. The computer has the computing power of the 1990 x86 chip, which can be a bit disheartening when compared to the systems we have today, but its manufacture costs less than 10 cents and will be part of transistor systems.
IBM says the minicomputer will allow monitoring, analyzing, communicating and even data-mining. In addition, the device will be a data source for blockchain applications, allowing you to track the shipment of goods and detect theft, fraud and non-compliance. It can still do basic tasks of artificial intelligence such as the classification of data that is provided.
The company’s researchers are still conducting computer testing before releasing it to the market.