Computing with Coupled Dynamical Systems

Conference: CNNA 2016 - 15th International Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and their Applications
08/23/2016 - 08/25/2016 at Dresden, Deutschland

Proceedings: CNNA 2016

Pages: 2Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Shukla, N.; Datta, S. (University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46656, USA)
Parihar, A.; Raychowdhury, A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA)
Narayanan, V. (The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16801, USA)

While Boolean logic has been the backbone of information processing, there are computationally hard problems like optimization and associative computing wherein this conventional paradigm is fundamentally inadequate. This results in computational inefficacy, and motivates us to explore new pathways to their solution. In this talk, we introduce an experimental testbed comprising of compact coupled relaxation oscillator based dynamical system that exploits the insulatormetal transition in the correlated material, vanadium dioxide (VO2), to efficiently solve the approximate match between stored and input patterns. Our work is inspired by the understanding that associative computing finds a natural analogue in the energy minimization processes of parallel, coupled dynamical systems. Our work not only elucidates a physics-based computing method but also presents opportunities for building customized analog coprocessors for solving computationally hard problems efficiently.