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  • Authors: Bach, Ted (2006)

  • Cellular automata (CA) are a class of fine-grained, massively-parallel computational paradigms for describing discrete, spatially distributed dynamical systems governed by a discrete, homogeneous, local dynamics. CA computing applications include discrete physical models and empirical studies in algorithmic self-assembly, computation, complexity, and the statistical mechanics of emergence. Despite a number of existing CA applications, programming environments, and special-purpose hardware and software techniques for implementing them, there exists no implementation-independent architecture for computing with CA that is analogous to those used in similar types of co-processing applications such as computer graphics. It is our thesis that, by analyzing the recurring high-level concep...