Reconfigurable asynchronous logic automata: (RALA)

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Reconfigurable asynchronous logic automata: (RALA)
Computer science has served to insulate programs and programmers from knowledge of the underlying mechanisms used to manipulate information, however this fiction is increasingly hard to maintain as computing devices decrease in size and systems increase in complexity. Manifestations of these limits appearing in computers include scaling issues in interconnect, dissipation, and coding. Reconfigurable Asynchronous Logic Automata (RALA) is an alternative formulation of computation that seeks to align logical and physical descriptions by exposing rather than hiding this underlying reality. Instead of physical units being represented in programs only as abstract symbols, RALA is based on a lattice of cells that asynchronously pass state tokens corresponding to physical resources. We introduce the design of RALA, review its relationships to its many progenitors, and discuss its benefits, implementation, programming, and extensions.
Neil Gershenfeld, David Dalrymple, Kailiang Chen,
Added 29 Sep 2010
Updated 29 Sep 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where POPL
Authors Neil Gershenfeld, David Dalrymple, Kailiang Chen, Ara Knaian, Forrest Green, Erik D. Demaine, Scott Greenwald, Peter Schmidt-Nielsen
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