Heterotic Computing Examples with Optics, Bacteria, and Chemicals

TitleHeterotic Computing Examples with Optics, Bacteria, and Chemicals
Publication TypeJournal Papers
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsStepney, S., Abramsky S., Bechmann M., Gorecki J., Kendon V., Naughton T. J., Pérez-Jiménez M. J., Romero-Campero F. J., & Sebald A.
Journal TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISBN Number78-3-642-32893-0
Place PublishedAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Date Published09/2012

Unconventional computers can perform embodied computation that can directly exploit the natural dynamics of the substrate. But such in materio devices are often limited, special purpose machines. To be practically useful, unconventional devices are usually be combined with classical computers or control systems. However, there is currently no established way to do this, or to combine different unconventional devices.
In this position paper we describe heterotic unconventional computation, an approach that focusses on combinations of unconventional devices. This will need a sound semantic framework defining how diverse unconventional computational devices can be combined in a way that respects the intrinsic computational power of each, whilst yielding a hybrid device that is capable of more than the sum of its parts. We also describe a suite of diverse physical implementations of heterotic unconventional computers, comprising computation performed by bacteria hosted in chemically built material, sensed and controlled optically and chemically.

ISSN Number0302-9743