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Introduction to Evolvable Hardware: A Practical Guide for Designing Self-Adaptive Systems

Introduction to Evolvable Hardware: A Practical Guide for Designing Self-Adaptive Systems

Garrison W. Greenwood, Andrew M. Tyrrell

ISBN: 978-0-470-04971-6 February 2006 Wiley-IEEE Press 224 Pages

Description

Introduction to Evolvable Hardware: A Practical Guide for Designing Self-Adaptive Systems provides a fundamental introduction for engineers, designers, and managers involved in the development of adaptive, high reliability systems. It also introduces the concepts of evolvable hardware (EHW) to new researchers in a structured way. With this practical book, you’ll be able to quickly apply the techniques presented to existing design problems.
PREFACE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

ACRONYMS.

1 INTRODUCTION.

1.1 Characteristics of Evolvable Circuits and Systems.

1.2 Why Evolvable Hardware Is Good (and Bad!).

1.3 Technology.

1.4 Evolvable Hardware vs. Evolved Hardware.

1.5 Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Evolution.

1.6 Online vs. Offline Evolution.

1.7 Evolvable Hardware Applications.

References.

2 FUNDAMENTALS OF EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION.

2.1 What Is an EA?

2.2 Components of an EA.

2.2.1 Representation.

2.2.2 Variation.

2.2.3 Evaluation.

2.2.4 Selection.

2.2.5 Population.

2.2.6 Termination Criteria.

2.3 Getting the EA to Work.

2.4 Which EA Is Best?

References.

3 RECONFIGURABLE DIGITAL DEVICES.

3.1 Basic Architectures.

3.1.1 Programmable Logic Devices.

3.1.2 Field Programmable Gate Array.

3.2 Using Reconfigurable Hardware.

3.2.1 Design Phase.

3.2.2 Execution Phase.

3.3 Experimental Results.

3.4 Functional Overview of the POEtic Architecture.

3.4.1 Organic Subsystem.

3.4.2 Description of the Molecules.

3.4.3 Description of the Routing Layer.

3.4.4 Dynamic Routing.

3.5 Remarks.

References.

4 RECONFIGURABLE ANALOG DEVICES.

4.1 Basic Architectures.

4.2 Transistor Arrays.

4.2.1 The NASA FTPA.

4.2.2 The Heidelberg FPTA.

4.3 Analog Arrays.

4.4 Remarks.

References.

5 PUTTING EVOLVABLE HARDWARE TO USE.

5.1 Synthesis vs. Adaption.

5.2 Designing Self-Adaptive Systems.

5.2.1 Fault Tolerant Systems.

5.2.2 Real-Time Systems.

5.3 Creating Fault Tolerant Systems Using EHW.

5.4 Why Intrinsic Reconfiguration for Online Systems?

5.5 Quantifying Intrinsic Reconfiguration Time.

5.6 Putting Theory Into Practice.

5.6.1 Minimizing Risk With Anticipated Faults.

5.6.2 Minimizing Risk With Unanticipated Faults.

5.6.3 Suggested Practices.

5.7 Examples of EHW-Based Fault Recovery.

5.7.1 Population vs. Fitness-Based Designs.

5.7.2 EHW Compensators.

5.7.3 Robot Control.

5.7.4 The POEtic Project.

5.7.5 Embryo Development.

5.8 Remarks.

References.

6 FUTURE WORK.

6.1 Circuit Synthesis Topics.

6.1.1 Digital Design.

6.1.2 Analog Design.

6.2 Circuit Adaption Topics.

References.

INDEX .

ABOUT THE AUTHORS.

"The authors are to be congratulated on a particularly attractive set of well-organized subjects describing state-of-the-art research in the evolvable hardware domain." (Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, September 2008)

"The authors should be congratulated on a particularly attractive set of well-organized subjects describing state-of-the-art research in the evolvable hardware domain." (Genet Program Evolvable Machine, February 2008)

"The book is eminently readable…a good starting place." (Computing Reviews.com, September 13, 2007)