The CNN Universal Machine: An Analogic Array Computer

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In this paper a new invention, the CNN universal machine and supercomputer, is presented. This is the first algorithmically programmable analog array computer having real time and supercomputer power on a single chip. First, the CNN universal machine is described emphasizing its programmability as well as global and distributed analog memory and logic, high throughput via electromagnetic waves, and complex cells that may be used also for simulating a broad class of PDE’s. Its implementation, the CNN universal chip is also described along with its use as a multichip supercomputer. Other types of hardware implementations are also briefly discussed. Details of the algorithmic aspects of the new type of analogic algorithms, as well as the analogic software (language, compiler, machine code, etc.) are explained next, along with a brief description of the available CNN workstation for implementing and simulating these new concepts. Finally, a broad range of applications is reviewed, including neuromorphic computing, “programmable physics,” “programmable chemistry,” and “programmable bionics.”

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Analog and Digital Signal Processing
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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