"A Substrate for the Implementation of Biomimetically Inspired Designs on FPGAs"

Christopher C. Doss, David Song, and Antwaun High
North Carolina A & T State University

Abstract

Adaptability and fault tolerance are crucial elements for the safe and reliable operation of dynamic systems. Current systems are not typically designed in a manner that facilitates these attributes. Nature provides a vast set of resources for inspiration. In particular, the human body provides substantial inspiration. The body’s immune system and healing system provide particular inspiration. The body not only heals itself when injured, but also seeks out and identifies foreign enemies. Stroke recovery provides another means of inspiration in fault recovery. A third source of inspiration is the neuromuscular system, which only activates the required muscles to perform a given task.  

Biomimetically inspired designs aspire to harness these principles for use in modern systems. An FPGA based system provides a means for realizing the above biomimetically inspired systems. Due to their reconfigurability, they can be fault tolerant and save power. However, the above designs all require a means for allowing a system to be dynamically reconfigurable, and to alter its designs based on a central control system. Here, we present a system that will serve as the substrate for the implementation of the above biomimetic systems. The central control system is capable of managing over 50 sub modules. 

 

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