Genetic Optimization Processing Array
The Genetic Optimization Processing Array (GOPA) consists of 216 high-end processors operated in parallel and used to obtain solutions of genetic optimization problems. In particular, it is suited for solving problems related to parameter identification and component/system design. Design parameters are represented as genes on artificial chromosomes, and the population of design evolves by natural selection. Genetic optimization tasks are remotely submitted to this computer array, which uses parallel processing to evolve the design population. The facility is currently being used for the design of energy conversion components such as electric machinery, transformers, inductors, power electronics converters, and other power engineering components.