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Semi-Automated Design of Functional Elements for a New Approach to Digital Superconducting Electronics: Methodology and Preliminary Results

Frank, Michael P.; Lewis, Rupert; Missert, Nancy A.; Henry, M.D.; Wolak, Matthaeus W.; Debenedictis, Erik P.

In an ongoing project at Sandia National Laboratories, we are attempting to develop a novel style of superconducting digital processing, based on a new model of reversible computation called Asynchronous Ballistic Reversible Computing (ABRC). We envision an approach in which polarized flux-ons scatter elastically from near-lossless functional components, reversibly updating the local digital state of the circuit, while dissipating only a small fraction of the input fluxon energy. This approach to superconducting digital computation is sufficiently unconventional that an appropriate methodology for hand-design of such circuits is not immediately obvious. To gain insight into the design principles that are applicable in this new domain, we are creating a software tool to automatically enumerate possible topologies of reactive, undamped Josephson junction circuits, and sweep the parameter space of each circuit searching for designs exhibiting desired dynamical behaviors. But first, we identified by hand a circuit implementing the simplest possible nontrivial ABRC functional behavior with bits encoded as conserved polarized fluxons, namely, a one-bit reversible memory cell with one bidirectional I/O port. We expect the tool to be useful for designing more complex circuits.