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From Parallel to Emergent Computing

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Adamatzky, Selim Akl, Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis

CRC Press

608 pages | 285 B/W Illus.

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Modern computing relies on future and emergent technologies which have been conceived via interaction between computer science, engineering, chemistry, physics and biology. This highly interdisciplinary book presents advances in the fields of parallel, distributed and emergent information processing and computation. The book represents major breakthroughs in parallel quantum protocols, elastic cloud servers, structural properties of interconnection networks, internet of things, morphogenetic collective systems, swarm intelligence and cellular automata, unconventionality in parallel computation, algorithmic information dynamics, localized DNA computation, graph-based cryptography, slime mold inspired nano-electronics and cytoskeleton computers.


  • Truly interdisciplinary, spanning computer science, electronics, mathematics and biology
  • Covers widely popular topics of future and emergent computing technologies, cloud computing, parallel computing, DNA computation, security and network analysis, cryptography, and theoretical computer science
  • Provides unique chapters written by top experts in theoretical and applied computer science, information processing and engineering

From Parallel to Emergent Computing provides a visionary statement on how computing will advance in the next 25 years and what new fields of science will be involved in computing engineering. This book is a valuable resource for computer scientists working today, and in years to come.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Networks and Parallel Computing

Chapter 1 On the Importance of Parallelism for the Security of Quantum Protocols

Marius Nagy and Naya Nagy

Chapter 2 Analytical Modeling and Optimization of an Elastic Cloud Server System

Keqin Li

Chapter 3 Towards an Opportunistic Software-Defined Networking Solution

Lefteris Mamatas, Alexandra Papadopoulou, and Vassilis Tsaoussidis

Chapter 4 Structural Properties and Fault Resiliency of Interconnection Networks

Eddie Cheng, Rong-Xia Hao, Ke Qiu, and Zhizhang Shen

Part 2 Distributed Systems

Chapter 5 Dynamic State Transitions of Individuals Enhance Macroscopic Behavioral Diversity of Morphogenetic Collective Systems

Hiroki Sayama

Chapter 6 Toward Modeling Regeneration via Adaptable Echo State Networks

Jennifer Hammelman, Hava Siegelmann, Santosh Manicka, and Michael Levin

Chapter 7 From Darwinian Evolution to Swarm Computation and Gamesourcing

Ivan Zelinka, Donald Davendra, Lenka Skanderová, Tomáš Vantuch, Lumír Kojecký, and Michal Bukáček

Chapter 8 A Scalable and Modular Software Architecture for Finite Elements on Hierarchical Hybrid Grids

Nils Kohl, Dominik Thönnes, Daniel Drzisga, Dominik Bartuschat, and Ulrich Rüde

Chapter 9 Minimal Discretised Agent-Based Modelling of the Dynamics of Change in Reactive Systems

Tiago G. Correale and Pedro P.B. de Oliveira

Chapter 10 Toward a Crab-Driven Cellular Automaton

Yuta Nishiyama, Masao Migita, Kenta Kaito, and Hisashi Murakami

Chapter 11 Evolving Benchmark Functions for Optimization Algorithms

Yang Lou, Shiu Yin Yuen, and Guanrong Chen

Chapter 12 Do Ant Colonies Obey the Talmud?

Andrew Schumann

Chapter 13 Biomorphs with Memory

Ramón Alonso-Sanz

Chapter 14 Constructing Iterated Exponentials in Tilings of the Euclidean and of the Hyperbolic Plane

Maurice Margenstern

Chapter 15 Swarm Intelligence for Area Surveillance Using Autonomous Robots

Tilemachos Bontzorlos, Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis, and Franciszek Seredynski

Part 3 Emergent Computing

Chapter 16 Unconventional Wisdom: Superlinear Speedup and Inherently Parallel Computations

Selim G. Akl

Chapter 17 Algorithmic Information Dynamics of Emergent, Persistent, and Colliding Particles in the Game of Life

Hector Zenil, Narsis A. Kiani, and Jesper Tegnér

Chapter 18 On Mathematics of Universal Computation with Generic Dynamical Systems

Vasileios Athanasiou and Zoran Konkoli

Chapter 19 Localized DNA Computation

Hieu Bui and John Reif

Chapter 20 The Graph Is the Message: Design and Analysis of an Unconventional Cryptographic Function

Selim G. Akl

Chapter 21 Computing via Self-optimising Continuum

Alexander Safonov

Chapter 22 Exploring Tehran with Excitable Medium

Andrew I. Adamatzky and Mohammad Mahdi Dehshibi

Chapter 23 Feasibility of Slime-Mold-Inspired Nano-Electronic Devices

Takahide Oya

Chapter 24 A Laminar Cortical Model for 3D Boundary and Surface Representations of Complex Natural Scenes

Yongqiang Cao and Stephen Grossberg

Chapter 25 Emergence of Locomotion Gaits Through Sensory Feedback in a Quadruped Robot

Paolo Arena, Andrea Bonanzinga, and Luca Patanè

Chapter 26 Towards Cytoskeleton Computers. A Proposal

Andrew I. Adamatzky, Jack Tuszynski, Jörg Pieper, Dan V. Nicolau, Rosaria Rinaldi, Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis, Victor Erokhin, Jörg Schnauß, and David M. Smith

About the Editors

Andrew Adamatzky is Professor of Unconventional Computing and Director of the

Unconventional Computing Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University

of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom. He does research in molecular computing,

reaction-diffusion computing, collision-based computing, cellular automata,

slime mould computing, massive parallel computation, applied mathematics, complexity,

nature-inspired optimisation, collective intelligence and robotics, bionics,

computational psychology, non-linear science, novel hardware, and future and emergent

computation. He authored seven books, including Reaction-Diffusion Computers

(Elsevier, 2005), Dynamics of Crowd-Minds (World Scientific, 2005), and Physarum

Machines (World Scientific, 2010), and edited 22 books in computing, including Collision

Based Computing (Springer, 2002), Game of Life Cellular Automata (Springer, 2010),

and Memristor Networks (Springer, 2014); he also produced a series of influential

artworks published in the atlas Silence of Slime Mould (Luniver Press, 2014). He is

founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cellular Automata (2005–) and the Journal

of Unconventional Computing (2005–) and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Parallel,

Emergent, Distributed Systems (2014–) and Parallel Processing Letters (2018–).

Selim G. Akl (Ph.D., McGill University, 1978) is a Professor at Queen’s University

in the Queen’s School of Computing, where he leads the Parallel and Unconventional

Computation Group. His research interests are primarily in the area of algorithm

design and analysis, in particular for problems in parallel computing and unconventional

computing. Dr. Akl is the author of Parallel Sorting Algorithms (Academic Press,

1985), The Design and Analysis of Parallel Algorithms (Prentice Hall, 1989), and

Parallel Computation: Models and Methods (Prentice Hall, 1997). He is co-author of

Parallel Computational Geometry (Prentice Hall, 1993), Adaptive Cryptographic Access

Control (Springer, 2010), and Applications of Quantum Cryptography (Lambert, 2016).

Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis is a Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer

Engineering at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. His current research emphasis

is on complex electronic systems, future and emergent electronic devices, circuits,

models and architectures (memristors, quantum cellular automata, etc.), novel computing

devices and circuits, cellular automata, unconventional computing, high-performance

computing, cyber-physical and embedded systems, bioinspired computation and

bioengineering, FPGAs, modelling, and simulation. He co-authored two books, namely

Memristor-Based Nanoelectronic Computing Circuits and Architectures (Springer,

2016) and Artificial Intelligence and Applications (Krikos Publishing, 2010) and coedited

three books.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MATHEMATICS / Arithmetic