IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing

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From the January-March 2018 issue

Massively Parallel Analog Computing: Ariadne's Thread Was Made of Memristor

By I. Vourkas, D. Stathis, and G.C. Sirakoulis

Featured article thumbnail image This paper explores memristive grids where emergent computation arises through collective device interactions. Computing efficiency of the grids is studied in several scenarios and new composite memristive structures are utilized in shortest path and maze-solving computations. The dependence of the computing medium behavior on the symmetry of both the underlying geometry and the employed devices, is validated through SPICE-level circuit simulations, which highlight important computing inefficiencies. Particular circuit-models of memristive connections enable precise mapping of the target application on the computing medium. Extraordinary functionalities emerge when novel memristive computing components, comprising different electrical characteristics from their structural elements, are introduced in the grid. Applying assisted-computation, by incorporating the concept of Ariadne’s thread, leaded to better computing results, which could find application in routing and path computing problems.

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  • We are pleased to announce that Cecilia Metra, a Confirmed Full Professor in Electronics at the University of Bologna, Italy, has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of TETC starting in 2018.
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Technical Tracks

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IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC) seeks original manuscripts for submission under Technical Tracks. In a track the technical contents of a submitted manuscript must be of an emerging nature and fall within the scope and competencies of the Computer Society. Manuscripts not abiding by these specifications will be administratively rejected. The topics of interest for the Technical Tracks are as follows:

  • Enterprise Computing Systems
  • Computational Networks
  • Hardware and Embedded System Security
  • Educational Computing
  • High Performance Computing
  • Next Generation Wireless Computing Systems
  • Computer System Security
  • Emerging Hardware for Computing

Submitted articles must describe original research which is not published or currently under review by other journals or conferences. Extended conference papers should be identified in the submission process and have considerable novel technical content; all submitted manuscripts will be screened using a similarity checker tool. As an author, you are responsible for understanding and adhering to our submission guidelines. You can access them at the IEEE Computer Society web site, Please thoroughly read these before submitting your manuscript.

Please submit your paper to Manuscript Central at and select the "Technical Track" option in the drop-down menu for "Manuscript Type".

Please address all other correspondence regarding this Call For Papers to Fabrizio Lombardi, EIC of IEEE TETC,

Special Issue on Design of Reversible Computing Systems

Submission deadline: March 1, 2018. View PDF.

IEEE Transaction on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC) seeks original manuscripts for a Special Issue/Section on Design of Reversible Computing Systems scheduled to appear in the first issue of 2019.

Over the coming decade, the historical trend of exponentially-increasing computer performance for systems at a given cost level is expected to slow, as conventional digital technology approaches practical limits to its computational energy efficiency, which in turn limits system performance within any given power and cooling constraints. In the long term, due to fundamental connections between thermodynamics and information theory, the only possible way to continue improving the energy-efficiency and affordable performance of computing systems indefinitely is if their designs increasingly thoroughly apply reversible computing principles. However, the question of exactly how to design practical, cost-competitive reversible computing systems is an extremely challenging engineering problem, which today still remains far from being fully solved. To overhaul the existing industrial infrastructure of manufacturing processes, design tools and software in all of the ways that will likely be needed to fully realize the potential of this unconventional but essential new computing paradigm will arguably require a multi-billion-dollar sustained investment in associated research and development activities. We cannot assume this investment will be made until the research community builds a sufficiently solid case showing that workable implementation approaches exist and are economically feasible. It is the goal of this special issue to solicit high-quality contributions across all levels of computing that pointedly address the crucial issues in the theory, design, and engineering analysis of reversible computing systems, so as to eliminate all of the remaining conceptual roadblocks that impede investment, and establish that the reversible computing paradigm indeed provides a viable path forwards, towards an unbounded new future for computing.

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