A massive digital neural network for total coloring problems

Nobuo Funabiki, Junji Kitamichi, Seishi Nishikawa

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A neural network of massively interconnected digital neurons is presented for the total coloring problem in this paper. Given a graph G(V, E), the goal of this NP-compIete problem is to find a color assignment on the vertices in V and the edges in E with the minimum number of colors such that no adjacent or incident pair of elements in V and E receives the same color. A graph coloring is a basic combinatorial optimization problem for a variety of practical applications. The neural network consists of (N+M)-L neurons for the N-vertex-M-edgeL-color problem. Using digital neurons of binary outputs and range-limited non-negative integer inputs with a set of integer parameters, our digital neural network is greatly suitable for the implementation on digital circuits. The performance is evaluated through simulations in random graphs with the lower bounds on the number of colors. With a help of heuristic methods, the digital neural network of up to 530, 656 neurons always finds a solution in the NP-compIete problem within a constant number of iteration steps on the synchronous parallel computation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1625-1629
Number of pages5
JournalIEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Combinatorial optimization
  • Digital technology
  • Neural network
  • Np-complete
  • Total coloring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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