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Operating ICT basic switches below the Landauer limit

Operating ICT basic switches below the Landauer limit

Objective

The scientific objective of this project is to test the fundamental limits in energy dissipation during the operation of physical switches representing the basic elements of logic gates. We address the physical limits arising from a generic switch mechanism that is common to any digital device, with specific reference to the fundamental limit arising from the decrease of information in the computation procedure, also known as Landauer limit.The technological objective of this project is to introduce new conceptual devices that, through novel computing paradigms with radically improved efficiency, are capable of trading the minimum amount of energy dissipated with the computational precision.In order to reach such objectives in a joint effort, the LANDAUER consortium composed by world leading experts in nanoscale energy management will fabricate, test and evaluate three classes of new conceptual devices: "magnetic switching nanoparticles", "nanomechanical switches" and "nanoelectronic stochastic logic gates" addressing applied prototypes for computing tasks in the presence of noisy operating conditions.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA

Address

Piazza Dell' Universita 1
06123 Perugia

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 115 062

Administrative Contact

Andrea Santoni (Mr.)

Participants (3)

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JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 591 868

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 467 768

INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 225 302

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 318287

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2012

  • End date

    31 August 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 192 904

  • EU contribution

    € 2 400 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA

Italy