noun

*pl.*

**cellular automata**

noun

A discrete mathematical model or dynamical system of an infinite, regular lattice in a finite number of dimensions, which consists of cells, each in a finite number of states. The cells evolve in discrete time steps according to a set of rules based on the state of both the cell and its neighboring cells.

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(*plural* cellular automata *or* cellular automatons)

- (computing theory) An automaton consisting of cells arranged in a regular grid, in one or more dimensions.

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A state machine that consists of an array of cells, each of which can be in one of a finite number of possible states. The cells are updated synchronously in discrete time steps, according to a local, identical interaction rule. The state of a cell at the next time step is determined by the current states of a surrounding neighborhood of cells. The transitions are usually specified in the form of a rule table that defines the cell's next state for each possible neighborhood configuration. The cellular array (grid) is typically from one to three dimensions. Highly parallel, locally connected and using simple elemental units, cellular automata can perform so-called cellular computing. See state machine.

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