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Coherent Optical Parallel Computing

Objective

COPAC is a transformative novel area in computing both because of the technology, coherent information transfer by ultrafast laser addressing of engineered quantum dots, QD, arrays and because of the specialized parallel processing of large amounts of information. We will make foundational experimental, theoretical and algorithmic innovations to demonstrate a new technological paradigm for ultrafast parallel multi-valued information processing. We aim to develop a ground-breaking nonlinear coherent spectroscopy combining optical addressing and spatially macroscopically resolved optical readout to achieve unprecedented levels of speed, density and complexity. Two key high-risk / high-reward pioneering elements are the quantum engineered coherent concatenation of units and the multidirectional optical detection. Experimental demonstrations on tailored multilayer QD arrays of increasing complexity, integration into a device and novel hardware and matched compilers will be delivered. Preliminary experimental demonstrations of the response of solutions and of QD films are available as is the validation of logic operation in parallel.
We use the dynamic response of the designed QD arrays to implement novel paradigms for parallel information processing. The discrete quantal level structure of nanosystems provides a memory at room temperature. Input will be provided simultaneously to all the levels by broadband laser pulses and the dynamical response will implement the logic in parallel. Disorder and environmental fluctuations are not detrimental because controlled level broadening is essential for the simultaneous multidirectional optical readout at the macroscopic level.
The long term vision of COPAC is the application of atomic and molecular state resolved controlled quantum dynamic processes towards information processing. Within this our targeted breakthrough is a novel prototype device for parallel logic engineered to industry standards and with suitable compilers.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 468 750

Participants (6)

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 523 125
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 693 265
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 341 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
KILOLAMBDA TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Participation ended

Israel
EU contribution
€ 40 950
Address
22 Jaffa Wallenberg Raoul
697198 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROBAYES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 367 500
Address
180 Avenue De L'europe
38330 Montbonnot Saint-martin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELBIT SYSTEMS LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 559 050
Address
Advanced Technology Center
31053 Haifa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)