To boldly go: an occam-pi mission to engineer emergence

Welch, Peter H. and Wallnau, Kurt and Sampson, Adam T. and Klein, Mark (2012) To boldly go: an occam-pi mission to engineer emergence. Natural Computing, 11 (3). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1567-7818. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Future systems will be too complex to design and implement explicitly. Instead, we will have to learn to engineer complex behaviours indirectly: through the discovery and application of local rules of behaviour, applied to simple process components, from which desired behaviours predictably emerge through dynamic interactions between massive numbers of instances. This paper describes a process-oriented architecture for fine-grained concurrent systems that enables experiments with such indirect engineering. Examples are presented showing the differing complex behaviours that can arise from minor (non-linear) adjustments to low-level parameters, the difficulties in suppressing the emergence of unwanted (bad) behaviour, the unexpected relationships between apparently unrelated physical phenomena (shown up by their separate emergence from the same primordial process swamp) and the ability to explore and engineer completely new physics (such as force fields) by their emergence from low-level process interactions whose mechanisms can only be imagined, but not built, at the current time.

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Uncontrolled keywords: complex systems, emergent behaviour, emergent relations, emergent discovery, process orientation, mobile processes, occam-pi
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Programming Languages and Systems Group
Depositing User: Peter Welch
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 09:49
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 15:55
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