DNA tiling for digital evolvable hardware

Pauline C. Haddow, Vinay Kumar Gautam

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Platforms for digital evolvable hardware have been dominated by reconfigurable chips in the form of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA). Despite a number of successes with such a computation medium for evolving digital designs, it is commonly accepted that technological constraints are limiting the potential inherent in such evolutionary techniques. Thus, it is desirable to investigate potential technologies that enable exploitation of the technology itself, despite a digital computational model. This paper presents a preliminary investigation into DNA tiling as a platform for digital Evolvable Hardware. Consideration is given to ways in which such a biological medium could be adapted so as to offer a platform for digital design, exploitable and tunable through the application of an evolutionary algorithm, enabling a digital design to emerge. The solutions proposed consider two different forms of DNA tiling Algorithmic and Logical. Further, the proposed solutions are compared to FPGA technology in the light of the requirements that evolutionary approaches place on the underlying technology and challenges highlighted provide a guideline for further investigation into the viability of such a platform.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Evolvable Systems, ICES 2013 - 2013 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2013
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Evolvable Systems - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 16 Apr 201319 Apr 2013


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Evolvable Systems
Abbreviated titleICES


  • Digital Design
  • DNA tiling
  • Evolution
  • Evolvable Hardware
  • Self-assembly


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