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Primeur weekly 2016-12-12

Crowd computing

New TN-Grid platform is hosting gene@home ...

Quantum computing

Further improvement of qubit lifetime for quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Cray works with Microsoft and CSCS to reach new performance milestone for deep learning at scale ...

PHENOMEN project to lay the foundations for a new age of information processing ...

Research into the theoretical bases of future wireless communications ...

Mont-Blanc project Event ARM: On the road to HPC ...

Middleware

Allinea webinar targets I/O optimization ...

Hardware

Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the largest National Institute of Health supercomputer ...

Mellanox announces record breaking performance enabling stateful packet processing at 400Gb/s with the NPS-400 network processor ...

Atos achieves SAP HANA certification for its bullion server operating up to 16TB of data ...

NVIDIA delivers AI supercomputer to Berkeley ...

New tender for the SURFnet8 service layer published ...

High performance graphene photodetectors set speed record ...

Applications

Scientists take 'blue-action' to help society cope with the impacts of Arctic climate changes ...

Eight new eScience projects to start in 2017 ...

University of Wyoming Faculty supercomputer use deadline is December 23, 2016 ...

Collaborating on Big Data to unravel disease processes ...

Weather the storm: Improving Great Lakes modelling ...

What to do with the data? ...

Big Data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites ...

The Cloud

Amazon Web Services Cloud now available to customers from data centres in Canada ...

PHENOMEN project to lay the foundations for a new age of information processing


9 Dec 2016 Valencia - The Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) is taking part in the European project PHENOMEN which kicked off last September. Funded through the highly-competitive H2020 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-Open) programme, it aims to lay the foundations of a new information technology. PHENOMEN is a ground-breaking project that will combine advances in photonics, mechanics and electronics to develop the first optically-driven phonon sources and detectors, all at the nano scale.

At present, most information is processed using electrons (electricity) and photons (light). Electrons are good at storing information, while photons are more useful for sending it across long distances at high speeds (think fibre optics). However, as Alejandro Martínez Abieta, researcher at the UPV's Nanophotonics Technology Centre, stated: "Matter has other basic particles which, if we can work out how to harness them, could improve our processing capabilities far beyond what has been achieved with electrons and photons."

This is where phonons come in: loosely-speaking, phonons are matter's mechanical vibrations. The goal of PHENOMEN researchers is to harness the full potential of these particles, controlling their generation and detection in order to use them as a third particle in information processing.

As Alejandro Martínez Abieta further explained, the use of phonons as information carriers in a chip is completely innovative and would lay the foundations for an entirely new technology, one "whose impact is difficult to predict at this time, like when we first started to use electrons and photons. The use of phonons in chips may prove fundamental in creating quantum networks". He added: "Besides, the phonons are already there purely by dint of the material being at a certain temperature, so why not use them?"

Among its future applications, harnessing phonons would enable the development of faster, more efficient communication networks and allow radio frequency signals to be processed in optical chips. It would also lead to ultra-precise sensors for the predicion of mass, force and charge at the nanoscale.

The project is being led by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). The UPV is also participating alongside the Italian National Research Council and Marche Polytechnic University, Italy; the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland; Lille Science and Technology University and the company MENAPiC, France.

For its part, the UPV's Nanophotonics Technology Centre will be working on the design and manufacture of silicon optomechanical chips. This centre is one of the few in Europe with the capacity to construct these chips, which are fundamental for converting photons into phonons and vice versa.

Source: Asociación RUVID

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-12-12

Crowd computing

New TN-Grid platform is hosting gene@home ...

Quantum computing

Further improvement of qubit lifetime for quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Cray works with Microsoft and CSCS to reach new performance milestone for deep learning at scale ...

PHENOMEN project to lay the foundations for a new age of information processing ...

Research into the theoretical bases of future wireless communications ...

Mont-Blanc project Event ARM: On the road to HPC ...

Middleware

Allinea webinar targets I/O optimization ...

Hardware

Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the largest National Institute of Health supercomputer ...

Mellanox announces record breaking performance enabling stateful packet processing at 400Gb/s with the NPS-400 network processor ...

Atos achieves SAP HANA certification for its bullion server operating up to 16TB of data ...

NVIDIA delivers AI supercomputer to Berkeley ...

New tender for the SURFnet8 service layer published ...

High performance graphene photodetectors set speed record ...

Applications

Scientists take 'blue-action' to help society cope with the impacts of Arctic climate changes ...

Eight new eScience projects to start in 2017 ...

University of Wyoming Faculty supercomputer use deadline is December 23, 2016 ...

Collaborating on Big Data to unravel disease processes ...

Weather the storm: Improving Great Lakes modelling ...

What to do with the data? ...

Big Data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites ...

The Cloud

Amazon Web Services Cloud now available to customers from data centres in Canada ...