Self-Replicating Hardware for Reliability: The Embryonics Project

Gianluca Tempesti, Daniel Mange, Pierre-Andre Mudry, Joel Rossier, Andre Stauffer

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The multicellular structure of biological organisms and the interpretation in each of their cells of a chemical program (the DNA string or genome) is the source of inspiration for the Embryonics (embryonic electronics) project, whose final objective is the design of highly robust integrated circuits, endowed with properties usually associated with the living world: self-repair and self-replication. In this article, we provide an overview of our latest research in the domain of the self-replication of processing elements within a programmable logic substrate, a key prerequisite for achieving system-level fault tolerance in our bio-inspired approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Number of pages21
JournalAcm journal on emerging technologies in computing systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • Design
  • Reliability
  • Bio-inspired architectures
  • growth
  • embryonic electronics
  • self-replication
  • self-repair
  • hierarchical fault tolerance

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