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Photonic enabled Petascale in-memory computing with Femtojoule energy consumption

Objective

Modern societies and economies increasingly depend on the massive generation of data resulting from the exponential growth of internet applications. Drastically enhanced computational performance is in particular needed for a plethora of applications in artificial intelligence (AI) which necessitate unprecedented processing power, memory and communication bandwidth. This demand cannot be met by modern digital electronic technologies that are rapidly approaching their physical limits. The PHOENICS consortium will break through these barriers and lay the foundation for a disruptive neuromorphic compute platform based on hybrid photonic integrated circuits. By providing access to parallelized neuromorphic processing using wavelength division multiplexing, the PHOENICS consortium will harness exceptional scaling potential not available to electronic systems and will deliver multiply-accumulate (MAC) performance at 3.2 PetaMAC/s at an energy cost of 50 FemtoJoule/MAC. Building on a hybrid architecture with substantial potential for future upscaling, the PHOENICS project aims at implementing a disruptive architecture which outperforms state-of-the-art electronic neuromorphic hardware. The consortium partners have shown the significant technological potential that a photonic approach can offer by establishing a new brain-inspired computing paradigm using phase-change-materials. By implementing scalable systems based on foundry processing for creating bio-mimicking material platforms, the PHOENICS consortium will provide a new generation of photonic hardware accelerators for neuromorphic processing and develop a strong ecosystem for photonic computing. The PHOENICS technology will thereby directly impact today’s technology and likewise address future needs for high bandwidth and low latency compute systems for AI.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2020-01
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 842 625

Participants (8)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 423 821,25
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 740 000
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NANOSCRIBE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 344 531,25
Address
Hermann Von Helmholtzplatz 6
76344 Eggenstein-leopoldshafen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 749 997,50
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 104 381,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 638 198,75
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 564 625
Address
Saeumerstrasse 4
8803 Rueschlikon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MICROR SYSTEMS SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 475 011,25
Address
Escaliers Du Marche 9
1003 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)