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Photonic-assisted Neuromorphic Computing system

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Project "PHOTON-NeuroCom" data sheet

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Organization address
city: AARHUS C
postcode: 8000

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 212˙194 €
 EC max contribution 212˙194 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-08-01   to  2019-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    AARHUS UNIVERSITET DK (AARHUS C) coordinator 212˙194.00


 Project objective

Neuromorphic computing has emerged as a promising approach to mimic the brain by overcoming the limitation of the conventional computers. The current implementation of neuromorphic computing systems (NCSs) has been done in CMOS technology, which comes with area and power-inefficiency. Enormous effort has been devoted to optimize the area and power-efficiency of such NCSs. One of the most promising approaches is the implementation of NCSs using spin-based devices combined with electronics (i.e. spintronics). Although, power-density is improved by spintronics-based NCSs, they are still far from the power-density of the brain that is attributed to the traditional way of changing the state of magnetic moment using a bias current that contributes to 90% of the total power consumed by such NCSs. Given a technique eliminating or decreasing this bias current, the power density of NCSs can be improved by orders of magnitude. PHOTON-NeuroCom proposes a novel approach that adds the benefits from photonics to the current spintronics-based NCSs by replacing the large bias current of the state of the art NCSs with a short polarized laser pulse. This will lead to at least two and three orders of magnitude lower energy consumption and higher speed in comparison with the state-of-the-art spintronics-based NCSs. This is a major step towards filling the huge gap between the power density of human brains and computers. The main objectives of this project are to model magnetic-photonic interaction, design and simulate a NCS through extracted model and fabrication of photonic-assisted STNO. My previous experience with spintronics and mixed signal IC design has put me in a unique position to run such a promising project. On the other hand, I will benefit from a supervision team from host and partner organization with more than 15 years of experience in photonic integrated circuits and IC design. Moreover, the running FET-OPEN project at Aarhus University will speed up my fellowship.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Hooman Farkhani, Mohammad Tohidi, Sadaf Farkhani, Jens Kargaard Madsen, Farshad Moradi
A Low-Power High-Speed Spintronics-Based Neuromorphic Computing System Using Real Time Tracking Method
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 2156-3357, DOI: 10.1109/JETCAS.2018.2813389
IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems 2020-02-12
2019 Hooman Farkhani, Ioan Lucian Prejbeanu, Farshad Moradi
LAS-NCS: A Laser-Assisted Spintronic Neuromorphic Computing System
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 1549-7747, DOI: 10.1109/tcsii.2019.2908077
IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs 2020-02-12

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