Game of Life in Memristor Cellular Automata Grid

Conference: CNNA 2018 - The 16th International Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and their Applications
08/28/2018 - 08/30/2018 at Budapest, Hungary

Proceedings: CNNA 2018

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Karamani, Rafailia-Eleni; Fyrigos, Iosif-Angelos; Sirakoulis, Georgios Ch. (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece)
Ntinas, Vasileios (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece & Department of Electronic Engineering, Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
Vourkas, Ioannis (Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile)

Conway’s Game of Life (GoL), a zero-player game which belongs to the category of Life-like Cellular Automata (CA), has intrigued researchers from a wide range of scientific areas as it exhibits self organization, the emergence of complex patterns while even implementing a universal Turing machine, despite its simplistic nature. In general, CA is a biologically inspired computational model which is able to approach the behavior of complex natural phenomena by utilizing the locality of interconnected simple elements, namely the CA cells. This work proposes a novel CA cell which exploits the advantages of memristor devices, such as adaptivity and CMOS compatibility, to reproduce the behavior of GoL in circuit-level. Such designs are essential for the development of application specific future electronic systems that will be able to operate in real-time and communicate with other biological systems. The proposed circuit was designed and simulated using the Cadence PSPICE environment.