The shroud of Turing

Steve Furber, Andrew Brown

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We make the case that computing is increasingly compromised by Turing’s heritage of strictly sequential algorithms, and the time has come to seek radically different computing paradigms. Whilst we are unable to offer any instant solutions, we point to the existence proof of the vast, distributed, asynchronous networks of computing elements that form brains, and note that FPGAs offer a fabric capable of operating in a similar mode. We offer a computational model - partially ordered event-driven systems - as a framework for thinking about how such systems might operate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Reconfigurable Systems
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift Celebrating the 60th Birthday of Professor Peter Cheung
EditorsWayne Luk, George. A Constantinides
PublisherImperial College Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781783266975
ISBN (Print)9781783266968
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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