© 1998

Hardware Evolution

Automatic Design of Electronic Circuits in Reconfigurable Hardware by Artificial Evolution


Part of the Distinguished Dissertations book series (DISTDISS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Adrian Thompson
    Pages 1-8
  3. Adrian Thompson
    Pages 9-34
  4. Adrian Thompson
    Pages 35-56
  5. Adrian Thompson
    Pages 57-71
  6. Adrian Thompson
    Pages 73-85
  7. Adrian Thompson
    Pages 87-92
  8. Adrian Thompson
    Pages 93-95
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 97-117

About this book


Evolution through natural selection has been going on for a very long time. Evolution through artificial selection has been practiced by humans for a large part of our history, in the breeding of plants and livestock. Artificial evolution, where we evolve an artifact through artificial selection, has been around since electronic computers became common: about 30 years. Right from the beginning, people have suggested using artificial evolution to design electronics automatically.l Only recently, though, have suitable re­ configurable silicon chips become available that make it easy for artificial evolution to work with a real, physical, electronic medium: before them, ex­ periments had to be done entirely in software simulations. Early research concentrated on the potential applications opened-up by the raw speed ad­ vantage of dedicated digital hardware over software simulation on a general­ purpose computer. This book is an attempt to show that there is more to it than that. In fact, a radically new viewpoint is possible, with fascinating consequences. This book was written as a doctoral thesis, submitted in September 1996. As such, it was a rather daring exercise in ruthless brevity. Believing that the contribution I had to make was essentially a simple one, I resisted being drawn into peripheral discussions. In the places where I deliberately drop a subject, this implies neither that it's not interesting, nor that it's not relevant: just that it's not a crucial part of the tale I want to tell here.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Cognitive and Computing SciencesUniversity of SussexFalmerUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Hardware Evolution
  • Book Subtitle Automatic Design of Electronic Circuits in Reconfigurable Hardware by Artificial Evolution
  • Authors Adrian Thompson
  • Series Title Distinguished Dissertations
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-76253-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-3416-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-3414-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 117
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Computer Hardware
    Computer System Implementation
    Artificial Intelligence
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