Many functions involving manipulations of symbolic information are capable of being performed in a parallel fashion. With the advent of new parallel multiprocessor architectures, the approach to symbolic computing is experiencing a change from complex heuristic approaches accomplished on serial machines to more brute-force, but much faster, approaches on parallel machines. Due to the heavy degree of interconnection required in such architectures and to their parallel nature, numerous optical processing techniques are under serious consideration for symbolic computing. This paper describes the multiprocessor approach to symbolic computing and discusses the central role of two-dimensional SLMs for optical symbolic computing.
John A. Neff, John A. Neff,
"Invited Paper SLMS In Optical Symbolic Computing Architectures", Proc. SPIE 0825, Spatial Light Modulators and Applications II, (19 February 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.941993; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.941993