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FP7: FET Proactive Intiative: Minimising Energy Consumption of Computing to the Limit (MINECC)


WHAT IS "Minimising Energy Consumption of Computing to the Limit (MINECC)"

Extract of the ICT Work Programme 2011-2012 - Objective ICT-2011.9.8

The energy consumption of computing technologies becomes more and more an obstacle to realizing new functionalities in, for instance, mobile or distributed applications, and limits performance. It also has an increasing impact on energy supply and environment. Since energy efficiency of today's technologies is orders of magnitude above the theoretical limits, disruptive solutions and radically new approaches are needed to close this gap.

Target outcomes

Proposals should lay the foundations for radically new technologies for computation that strive for the theoretical limits in energy consumption while maintaining or even enhancing functionality and performance. At least one of the following outcomes should be addressed:

  1. New elementary devices and inter-device-communication mechanisms operating at the limits of minimum energy consumption.
  2. Novel computing paradigms with radically improved energy efficiency. Examples include approaches inspired by biology, post-Boolean logics and computing under uncertainty, randomness and unreliability as a result of low-energy device properties.
  3. Software models and programming methodologies supporting the strive for the energetic limit (e. g. energy cost awareness or exploiting the trade-off between energy and performance/precision).

Proposals should aim for a proof of concept and investigate the viability of the approach. The expected energy gain should be indicated, and the proposal should foresee appropriate energy pmetrics or benchmarks for verification.

Expected impact

  • Understanding of theoretical limits of energy efficiency in computation (e.g. energy dissipation, thermodynamic and quantum physics limits)
  • Foundations of computing technologies with negligible energy consumption
  • Reduction of the environmental impact caused by the energy consumption of ICT.

Funding scheme


Indicative budget distribution

  • € 15 million

Extract ICT-FET in the FP7 Work Programme 2011-2012 ( 240KB), including the specific "FET eligibility, evaluation, selection and award criteria".


  • Call deadline: 17th January 2012 (17h Brussels local time)
  • Start of projects : Autumn 2012





Expert Consultation Workshop "Disruptive Solutions for Energy Efficient ICT", 8-9 February 2010 in Brussels:
Please find here below the Report and the Written Contributions