Re: Configurable vs. reconfigurable

Subject: Re: Configurable vs. reconfigurable
From: Sandy Harris <sharris -at- dkl -dot- com>
To: Rahel Bailie <r_bailie -at- trillium -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 16:02:28 -0500

Rahel Bailie wrote:
> Our engineers have been defining these two terms as follows:
> Configurable = The user can set the parameters once.
> Reconfigurable = The user can set the parameters numerous times.

The only context I've ever seen "reconfigurable" in is
"reconfigurable computing", building a processor out of many
smaller more flexible chips (rather than on one big chip) so
you can reconfigure it for specialised tasks. Image recognition,
signal processing, ...

This is a very active research area with some commercial work
coming along. I tried a web search on "reconfigurable". All the
hits seem to use it this way.

I'd drop the term entirely if you're doing anything else.

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