61086Re: [beam] This is only half BEAM related.
- Dec 11, 2012On 2012-12-11 8:53 AM, connor_ramsey@... wrote:
> So I was wondering: could an H-switch network be usedWhy would you want to?
> to process binary logic?
> Because H-switches ARE digital circuits,Not really. They're actually conceptual black boxes with binary (or
logical) inputs and outputs.
> and they've already proven themselves to be effectiveGot any examples? I've been out of touch.
> CUs(Control Unit).
> So my question is: is it possible that if H-switchesWhy not just use binary logic chips, or better yet, a CPU? It'd be much
> were to be wired up in such a way that the the network
> would perform as an ALU? Would 00001010 and 10000101
> give you 00000101(would 10 and -5 give you 5)?
> And would the CU be able to process the machineYes, but again, why not use binary logic, or a processor?
> instructions it was being given into more machine
> And if an H-net were capable of doing all these things,It would depend entirely on the implementation.
> would it be able to do it in fewer steps than a traditional
> processor, or do it with far fewer inverters?
> And can an H-net be programmed?If you implemented it in a CPU, it could certainly be programmed; but
what would you gain from it?
> Let's think about that.I did, quite a while ago.
The H-switch is a concept, that's all. It's not a physical device, just
a shorthand way of systematically defining a hierarchy of behaviours.
If I wanted to experiment with a modest hierarchical control system, I
might be inclined to build some H-switches using AND gates and NOT gates
(i.e., inverters), or possible just inverters, diodes, and resistors.
But I'd only do that if I figured I would be changing things around a lot.
I doubt that I would ever build a physical device using actual
H-switches. Too many components.
For what it's worth ...
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