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EU funds new Collaborative Project of Prof. Stefan Diez at B CUBE
Collaborative Project "ABACUS - Parallel computing based on designed networks explored by self-propelled, biological agents" approved for EU funding
The European Union (EU) has approved the establishment of a new Collaborative Project "ABACUS - Parallel computing based on designed networks explored by self-propelled, biological agents" in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The consortium led by Prof. Heiner Linke (Lund University, Sweden) and partnered by Prof. Stefan Diez (B CUBE, TU Dresden, Germany), Prof. Alf Mansson (Linneus University, Kalmar, Sweden), Dr. Dan Nicolau Jr. (Molecular Sense Ltd., Liverpool, UK) and Prof. Dan Nicolau (Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada) received a total of 1.7 Mio EUR for the next three years.
The project aims to develop a novel paradigm for future parallel computing approaches, based on biological entities. Specifically, mathematical problems will be encoded into networks consisting of nanosized channels and nodes, and will use self-propelled biological agents to explore these networks in order to find the solutions to the encoded mathematical problems. Due to the very large number of agents, the problem is solved in a highly parallel manner.
Key aims of the project will be the benchmarking against existing computational approaches, and the identification of application areas where this novel paradigm may lead to transformative applications. 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 technology.
Further information: http://abacus4eu.com