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Analog computers and recursive functions over the reals
 Journal of Complexity
, 2003
"... In this paper we show that Shannon’s General Purpose Analog Computer (GPAC) is equivalent to a particular class of recursive functions over the reals with the flavour of Kleene’s classical recursive function theory. We first consider the GPAC and several of its extensions to show that all these mode ..."
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In this paper we show that Shannon’s General Purpose Analog Computer (GPAC) is equivalent to a particular class of recursive functions over the reals with the flavour of Kleene’s classical recursive function theory. We first consider the GPAC and several of its extensions to show that all these models have drawbacks and we introduce an alternative continuoustime model of computation that solve these problems. We also show that this new model preserve all the significant relations involving the previous models (namely, the equivalence with the differentially algebraic functions). We then continue with the topic of recursive functions over the reals, and we show full connections between functions generated by the model introduced so far and a particular class of recursive functions over the reals. 1
A Survey of ContinuousTime Computation Theory
 Advances in Algorithms, Languages, and Complexity
, 1997
"... Motivated partly by the resurgence of neural computation research, and partly by advances in device technology, there has been a recent increase of interest in analog, continuoustime computation. However, while specialcase algorithms and devices are being developed, relatively little work exists o ..."
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Motivated partly by the resurgence of neural computation research, and partly by advances in device technology, there has been a recent increase of interest in analog, continuoustime computation. However, while specialcase algorithms and devices are being developed, relatively little work exists on the general theory of continuoustime models of computation. In this paper, we survey the existing models and results in this area, and point to some of the open research questions. 1 Introduction After a long period of oblivion, interest in analog computation is again on the rise. The immediate cause for this new wave of activity is surely the success of the neural networks "revolution", which has provided hardware designers with several new numerically based, computationally interesting models that are structurally sufficiently simple to be implemented directly in silicon. (For designs and actual implementations of neural models in VLSI, see e.g. [30, 45]). However, the more fundamental...
Polynomial differential equations compute all real computable functions on computable compact intervals
, 2007
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Some recent developments on Shannon’s general purpose analog computer
 Mathematical Logic Quarterly
"... This paper revisits one of the first models of analog computation, the General Purpose Analog Computer (GPAC). In particular, we restrict our attention to the improved model presented in [11] and we show that it can be further refined. With this we prove the following: (i) the previous model can be ..."
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This paper revisits one of the first models of analog computation, the General Purpose Analog Computer (GPAC). In particular, we restrict our attention to the improved model presented in [11] and we show that it can be further refined. With this we prove the following: (i) the previous model can be simplified; (ii) it admits extensions having close connections with the class of smooth continuous time dynamical systems. As a consequence, we conclude that some of these extensions achieve Turing universality. Finally, it is shown that if we introduce a new notion of computability for the GPAC, based on ideas from computable analysis, then one can compute transcendentally transcendental functions such as the Gamma function or Riemann’s Zeta function. 1
The general purpose analog computer and computable analysis are two equivalent paradigms of analog computation
 Theory and Applications of Models of Computation, Third International Conference, TAMC 2006
, 2006
"... Abstract. In this paper we revisit one of the first models of analog computation, Shannon’s General Purpose Analog Computer (GPAC). The GPAC has often been argued to be weaker than computable analysis. As main contribution, we show that if we change the notion of GPACcomputability in a natural way, ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we revisit one of the first models of analog computation, Shannon’s General Purpose Analog Computer (GPAC). The GPAC has often been argued to be weaker than computable analysis. As main contribution, we show that if we change the notion of GPACcomputability in a natural way, we compute exactly all real computable functions (in the sense of computable analysis). Moreover, since GPACs are equivalent to systems of polynomial differential equations then we show that all real computable functions can be defined by such models. 1
Unreliable and ResourceConstrained Decoding
, 2010
"... Traditional information theory and communication theory assume that decoders are noiseless and operate without transient or permanent faults. Decoders are also traditionally assumed to be unconstrained in physical resources like materiel, memory, and energy. This thesis studies how constraining reli ..."
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Traditional information theory and communication theory assume that decoders are noiseless and operate without transient or permanent faults. Decoders are also traditionally assumed to be unconstrained in physical resources like materiel, memory, and energy. This thesis studies how constraining reliability and resources in the decoder limits the performance of communication systems. Five communication problems are investigated. Broadly speaking these are communication using decoders that are wiring costlimited, that are memorylimited, that are noisy, that fail catastrophically,
A network model of analogue computation over metric algebras
 Torenvliet (Eds.), Computability in Europe, 2005, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 2005
"... Abstract. We define a general concept of a network of analogue modules connected by channels, processing data from a metric space A, and operating with respect to a global continuous clock T. The inputs and outputs of the network are continuous streams u: T → A, and the inputoutput behaviour of the ..."
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Abstract. We define a general concept of a network of analogue modules connected by channels, processing data from a metric space A, and operating with respect to a global continuous clock T. The inputs and outputs of the network are continuous streams u: T → A, and the inputoutput behaviour of the network with system parameters from A is modelled by a function Φ: C[T,A] p ×A r →C[T,A] q (p, q> 0,r ≥ 0), where C[T,A] is the set of all continuous streams equipped with the compactopen topology. We give an equational specification of the network, and a semantics which involves solving a fixed point equation over C[T,A] using a contraction principle. We analyse a case study involving a mechanical system. Finally, we introduce a custommade concrete computation theory over C[T,A] and show that if the modules are concretely computable then so is the function Φ. 1
Differential Recursion
 ACM TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTATIONAL LOGIC
, 2009
"... We present a redevelopment of the theory of realvalued recursive functions that was introduced by C. Moore in 1996 by analogy with the standard formulation of the integervalued recursive functions. While his work opened a new line of research on analog computation, the original paper contained som ..."
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We present a redevelopment of the theory of realvalued recursive functions that was introduced by C. Moore in 1996 by analogy with the standard formulation of the integervalued recursive functions. While his work opened a new line of research on analog computation, the original paper contained some technical inaccuracies. We discuss possible attempts to remove the ambiguity in the behaviour of the operators on partial functions, with a focus on his “primitive recursive” functions generated by the differential recursion operator that solves initial value problems. Under a reasonable reformulation, the functions in this class are shown to be analytic and computable in a strong sense in Computable Analysis. Despite this wellbehavedness, the class turns out to be too big to have the originally purported relation to differentially algebraic functions, and hence to C. E. Shannon’s model of analog computation.