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Codd's Self-Replicating Computer

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Codd's Self-Replicating Computer
Edgar Codd's 1968 design for a self-replicating cellular automata machine has never been implemented. Partly this is due to its enormous size but we have also identified four problems with the original specification that would prevent it from working. These problems potentially cast doubt on Codd's central assertion, that the 8-state space he presents supports the existence of machines that can act as universal constructors and computers. However all these problems were found to be correctable and we present a complete and functioning implementation after making minor changes to the design and transition table. The body of the final machine occupies an area that is 22,254 cells wide and 55,601 cells high, comprising over 45 million non-zero cells in its unsheathed form. The data tape is 208 million cells long, and self-replication is estimated to take at least
Tim J. Hutton
Added 08 Dec 2010
Updated 08 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where ALIFE
Authors Tim J. Hutton
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