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— SpiNNaker is a novel chip – based on the ARM processor – which is designed to support large scale spiking neural networks simulations. In this paper we describe some of the features that permit SpiNNaker chips to be connected together to form scalable massively-parallel systems. Our eventual goal is to be able to simulate neural networks consisting of 10… (More)

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to conveniently use ordinary real number expressions within proof assistants? In this paper we outline how this can be done within a theorem proving framework. First, we formally establish upper and lower bounds for trigonometric and tran-scendental functions. Then, based on these bounds, we develop a rational interval… (More)

— This paper provides a bound on the number of numeric operations (fixed or floating point) that can safely be performed before accuracy is lost. This work has important implications for control systems with safety-critical software, as these systems are now running fast enough and long enough for their errors to impact on their functionality. Furthermore,… (More)

— Real number calculations on elementary functions are remarkably difficult to handle in mechanical proofs. In this paper, we show how these calculations can be performed within a theorem prover or proof assistant in a convenient and highly automated as well as interactive way. First, we formally establish upper and lower bounds for elementary functions.… (More)

SUMMARY An important step in many compilers for functional languages is lambda lifting. In his thesis, Hughes showed that by doing lambda lifting in a particular way, a useful property called full laziness can be preserved. Full laziness has been seen as intertwined with lambda lifting ever since. We show that, on the contrary, full laziness can be regarded… (More)

Dedicated hardware is becoming increasingly essential to simulate emerging very-large-scale neural models. Equally, however, it needs to be able to support multiple models of the neural dynamics, possibly operating simultaneously within the same system. This may be necessary either to simulate large models with heterogeneous neural types, or to simplify… (More)

Distributed implementations of programming languages with implicit parallelism hold out the prospect that the parallel programs are immediately scalable. This paper presents some of the results of our part of Esprit 415, in which we considered the implementation of lazy functional programming languages on distributed archi-tectures. A compiler and abstract… (More)