Information brings together three areas of Jülich research: the simulation and data sciences of high-performance computing (HPC), of brain research and of research on the bio-based and nanoelectronic-based information technologies of the future. The combined research into technical and biological information processing opens up completely new possibilities for brain research regarding the development of innovative neurotechnologies or neuromorphic computers. Derived from this, more powerful hardware for artificial intelligence (AI) is to be developed. The combination of these areas allows for a multiscale approach ranging from the single molecule and the properties of living cells to the description of human behaviour.
For this interdisciplinary approach, Jülich brings together all competences from basic research in the neurosciences and the innovative analysis of large amounts of data for the simulation of complex systems, for example in climate research, the neurosciences or materials research, to high-performance computing. Modular hardware architectures for exascale computing are being developed to expand this further.
In the future, revolutionary computer concepts such as quantum computing will also be needed. In information technologies, therefore, research is being conducted on fundamental properties of different material classes with novel quantum effects and on the use of organic and biological molecules for energy-efficient information processing.
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