Phase transitions enable computational universality in neuristor-based cellular automata. Academic Article uri icon


  • We recently demonstrated that Mott memristors, two-terminal devices that exhibit threshold switching via an insulator to conductor phase transition, can serve as the active components necessary to build a neuristor, a biomimetic threshold spiking device. Here we extend those results to demonstrate, in simulation, neuristor-based circuits capable of performing general Boolean logic operations. We additionally show that these components can be used to construct a one-dimensional cellular automaton, rule 137, previously proven to be universal. This proof-of-principle shows that localized phase transitions can perform spiking computation, which is of particular interest for neuromorphic hardware.

published proceedings

  • Nanotechnology

altmetric score

  • 3.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Pickett, M. D., & Williams, R. S.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Pickett, Matthew D||Williams, R Stanley

publication date

  • September 2013