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Parallel network-based biocomputation: technological baseline, scale-up and innovation ecosystem

Objective

Many technologically and societally important mathematical problems are intractable for conventional, serial computers. Therefore, a significant need exists for parallel-computing approaches that are capable to solve such problems within reasonable time frames. Recently, part of our consortium demonstrated proof-of-principle of a parallel-computation system in which a given combinatorial problem is encoded into a graphical, modular network that is embedded in a nanofabricated planar device. The problem is then solved by a large number of independent biological agents, namely molecular-motor-propelled protein filaments, exploring the network in a highly parallel fashion (PNAS 113, 2591 (2016)). Notably, this approach uses orders of magnitude less energy than conventional computers, thus addressing issues related to power-consumption and heat-dissipation. Within Bio4Comp we (i) will establish the technological and scientific basis for robust upscaling of this approach, (ii) will demonstrate scalability by systematically increasing the problem size by several orders of magnitude, and (iii) will develop new algorithms with the aim to open up a wide range of applications. Additionally, we will (iv) help foster and structure an ecosystem of scientists and companies that will accelerate the path to market acceptance, including the creation of a joint roadmap. Benefits to society will include the ability to solve hitherto intractable problems, and the development of a sustainable and energy-efficient computing approach that is radically different from current information and communications technology.

Call for proposal

FETPROACT-2016
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Coordinator

LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 415 867

Participants (5)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 190 688
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LINNEUNIVERSITETET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 990 852,75
Address
Linnaeus University
35195 Vaxjo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MOLECULAR SENSE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 763 267,50
Address
433 Liverpool Road
L36 8HT Huyton Liverpool
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 618 500
Address
Bar Ilan University Campus
52900 Ramat Gan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 105 773,75
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations