06-27-2013, 12:55 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-27-2013, 12:57 AM by stevebowers.)

Reversible computing can in theory operate with fantastically low energy requirements, but (if I understand it correctly) the type of computing that can be done reversibly is limited in nature. If you want a computing system that can perform an unlimited range of operations you have to use irreversible computing as well, or instead.

On the other hand, I see that Merkle and Drexler state that Charles Bennett has 'has proposed very general methods for converting arbitrary irreversible computations into time and space efficient reversible computations.' If this is true of the sorts of computations that archailects want to make, then maybe they would prefer to use reversible computing for most, or all processing.

On the other hand, I see that Merkle and Drexler state that Charles Bennett has 'has proposed very general methods for converting arbitrary irreversible computations into time and space efficient reversible computations.' If this is true of the sorts of computations that archailects want to make, then maybe they would prefer to use reversible computing for most, or all processing.