Parallel Processing: Into The Next Dimension

Nan Marie Jokerst

NATURAL SELECTION-IT IS NATURE'S RUTHLESS TOOL FOR OPTIMIZING SYSTEMS, YET ONE THAT ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY. AS ENGINEERS WE CAN STUDY THE STRUCTURE OF NATURAL SYSTEMS FOR CLUES THAT MAY LEAD TO THE OPTIMIZATION OF MAN-MADE SYSTEMS. ONE OF THE MOST INTRIGUING NATURAL OBJECTS TO STUDY IS THE HUMAN BRAIN AND ITS ASSOCIATED DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING SYSTEMS, SUCH AS THE EYES. IN A WORLD THAT EXISTS IN THREE DIMENSIONS, IT ISN'T AT ALL SURPRISING THAT THESE BIO-PROCESSORS ARE HIGHLY PARALLEL, THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3-D) SYSTEMS.

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