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Computational Materials: Experimental Platform
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2012 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
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Evolution in materio aim at revealing computational properties in materials. A bottom-up approach combining methods and theories from evolutionary algorithms, complex systems and unconventional computation, is used to explore inherent computational properties of alternative computational materials. This master's thesis build on earlier and ongoing research at NTNU focusing on interfacing materials. Mecobo is a prototype interface platform, including a physical interface, hardware for stimuli/measurements and software, developed at NTNU. The Mecobo platform is intended to serve as a platform for experimenting with unconventional materials' behavior in a dynamic complex system. This project describes the existing Mecobo platform, modications to it and the new extension Cellular Automata Central Processing Unit (CA CPU). With the new extension, Mecobo is now capable of modelling dynamic complex systems with a cellular automata and an unconventional material. The Cellular Automata Central Processing Unit extension is a parallel processor with 32 cores, but supports up to and including 64 cores, for controlling each material conguration pin. The core is implemented as a stack machine optimized for instruction space. It uses an 8-bit reduced instruction set computing (RISC) instruction set architecture (ISA). The modied Mecobo platform is tested and conrmed to work with several cellular automata rules and a simple model consisting of a theoretical material with constant response.

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Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2012. , 113 p.
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ntnudaim:7060, MTDT datateknikk, Komplekse datasystemer
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-18788Local ID: ntnudaim:7060OAI: diva2:566265
Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-11-08

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