Past Meetup

Parallel computation with molecular-motor-propelled agents (...)

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// Tentative Schedule

• 7:00-7:30–Informal paper discussion

• 7:30-7:35–Introduction and announcements

• 7:35-8:30–Parallel computation with molecular-motor-propelled agents in nanofabricated networks (, presented by Sam DeLuca (details below)

// Directions

We'll be meeting in Meeting Room 1/2 of Woodrow Wilson Library (! There's plenty of parking, and there are several buses that come to the library from local metro stops.

If you're late, we totally understand–please still come! Just be sure to slip in quietly if a speaker is presenting.

// Papers

• Parallel computation with molecular-motor-propelled agents in nanofabricated networks by Dan V. Nicolau, Jr. (, et al
Presented by Sam DeLuca

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Research Significance: Electronic computers are extremely powerful at performing a high number of operations at very high speeds, sequentially. However, they struggle with combinatorial tasks that can be solved faster if many operations are performed in parallel. Here, we present proof-of-concept of a parallel computer by solving the specific instance {2, 5, 9} of a classical nondeterministic-polynomial-time complete (“NP-complete”) problem, the subset sum problem. The computer consists of a specifically designed, nanostructured network explored by a large number of molecular-motor-driven, protein filaments. This system is highly energy efficient, thus avoiding the heating issues limiting electronic computers. We discuss the technical advances necessary to solve larger combinatorial problems than existing computation devices, potentially leading to a new way to tackle difficult mathematical problems.

About Sam: Sam DeLuca is a software engineer at CloudLock (, a cloud security company based in Massachusetts, where he works on task scheduling and messaging infrastructure. His background is in bioinformatics, including work on Rosetta (, a molecular modeling system.