Author(s)Abelson, Hal; Beal, Jacob; Sussman, Gerald Jay
Mathematics and Computation
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The goal of amorphous computing is to identify organizationalprinciples and create programming technologies for obtainingintentional, pre-specified behavior from the cooperation of myriadunreliable parts that are arranged in unknown, irregular, andtime-varying ways. The heightened relevance of amorphous computingtoday stems from the emergence of new technologies that could serve assubstrates for information processing systems of immense power atunprecedentedly low cost, if only we could master the challenge ofprogramming them. This document is a review of amorphous computing.
preprint of article for Springer-Verlag Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory