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Alternative Computing

Unconventional computing, exploration of computing methods different from Turing models and Von Neumann architecture

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Certain natural processes perform par excellence computation with levels of efficiency unmatched by classical digital models. Levinthal’s Paradox illustrates this well: In nature, proteins fold spontaneously at short timescales (milliseconds) whereas no efficient solution exists for solving protein-folding problems using digital computing. The Nature as Computer (NAC) program proposes that in nature there is synergy between dynamics and physical constraints to accomplish effective computation with minimal resources.
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Dr. Bryan Jacobs joined DARPA as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) in May 2020. His research interests include co-development of algorithms and novel hardware architectures for optimization, machine learning, biometric encryption, and sensor processing.