Heterotic Computing

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Title of host publicationUnconventional Computation
DatePublished - 2011
Pages113-124
Number of pages12
PublisherSpringer
Volume6714
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-21341-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-21340-3

Abstract

Non-classical computation has tended to consider only single computational models: neural, analog, quantum, etc. However, combined computational models can both have more computational power, and more natural programming approaches, than such 'pure' models alone. Here we outline a proposed new approach, which we term heterotic computing. We discuss how this might be incorporated in an accessible refinement-based computational framework for combining diverse computational models, and describe a range of physical exemplars (combinations of classical discrete, quantum discrete, classical analog, and quantum analog) that could be used to demonstrate the capability.

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