On 9/20/2013 8:49 PM, Chris de Morsella wrote:
>>The way to completely avoid Landauer's limit is to make all operations reversible, never
lose any information so that the whole calculation could be reversed. Then there's no
entropy dumped to the environment and Landauer's limit doesn't apply.
Intriguing thought, but hard to see how it could be done. Not sure I understand what you
mean by a reversible operation and how would a fully reversible universe square with
It squares just fine. Newtonian physics modeled the universe as a perfect clockwork that
could run either way. Which was cause and which was effect was just a convention: effect
is later than cause. Feynman already wrote about making quantum computers reversible 30yrs
... unless of course causality is a side effect of some other deeper process that we
experience as the irreversible vector of time. But at least within the universe we
experience, some processes are not reversible. In order to unwind a transaction a log is
required and a log requires the recording of information, which requires space. When the
log runs out of room then what happens? Without erasure memory will run out.
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