3D animated explainer video for Optalysys

We produced this 3D animated explainer video for Optalysys. The animation shows how this novel and highly advanced technology can propel computing power in certain applications.

Optaylsys 3D Animated Explainer Video Click the image to play

3D Animated Explainer Video Script

Moore’s law states that the number of transistors
on a chip will double every 2 years. Proved true
until recently, this has lead to increasingly
faster clock speeds.

From F1 aerodynamics to predicting the weather,
many industries have taken advantage of the
increasing power of computers to simulate
nature using Fourier Transforms.

But to simulate nature, you need a lot
of computing power.

Accurate simulations require the computer to
work out what each and every variable is doing
at the same time. However, the computer can
only process calculations one at a time. This
is called serial processing.

Increasing the clock speed or adding more
processors only speed up these calculations
in small increments.

This also creates a new problem. Huge amounts
of data that needs to be analysed.

Optalysys has a different approach.

Instead of calculating each variable one at
a time, we take advantage of nature and use
the way light waves interfere to calculate
Fourier Transforms. This enables calculations
to be done all at once, in parallel.

Optalysys works by shining light through a
specialist liquid crystal. When the light enters,
each light wave is slowed down by various amounts.
As the light travels towards the sensor, the waves
interfere with each other.

The light is then focused onto a sensor, creating a
pattern. By encoding the light and recording the way
the waves interfered, we have the final calculation,
completed in real time.

What makes Optalysys so extraordinary is that
calculations can be added without ever taking it out
of the optical world and having to deal with the vast
amounts of data produced.

One of the largest ever supercomputer simulations of
airflow ran for 5 months. The results were still being
analysed 6 years later. Optalysys can do these
calculations in real time.

The possibilities are incredible and all this technology
can be run from a normal household plug socket.

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