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Publication details for Dr Vivien Kendon

Kendon, Viv, Sebald, Angelika & Stepney, Susan (2015). Heterotic computing: exploiting hybrid computational devices. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 373(2046): 20150091.

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Current computational theory deals almost exclusively with single models: classical, neural, analogue, quantum, etc. In practice, researchers use ad hoc combinations, realizing only recently that they can be fundamentally more powerful than the individual parts. A Theo Murphy meeting brought together theorists and practitioners of various types of computing, to engage in combining the individual strengths to produce powerful new heterotic devices. ‘Heterotic computing’ is defined as a combination of two or more computational systems such that they provide an advantage over either substrate used separately. This post-meeting collection of articles provides a wide-ranging survey of the state of the art in diverse computational paradigms, together with reflections on their future combination into powerful and practical applications.