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Doing Business As Name:Santa Fe Institute
  • David Wolpert
  • (505) 946-2756
Award Date:09/01/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 49,991
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 49,991
  • FY 2021=$49,991
Start Date:09/01/2021
End Date:08/31/2022
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:The Future of Thermodynamics of Computation
Federal Award ID Number:2145170
DUNS ID:178044996
Program:Software & Hardware Foundation
Program Officer:
  • Sankar Basu
  • (703) 292-7843

Awardee Location

Street:1399 HYDE PARK ROAD
County:Santa Fe
Awardee Cong. District:03

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Santa Fe Institute
Street:1399 Hyde Park Road
City:Santa FE
County:Santa Fe
Cong. District:03

Abstract at Time of Award

This proposal is for an invited NSF workshop for studying the interplay between computing hardware and the newly emerging field of nonequilibrium (stochastic) Thermodynamics. This workshop will identify open challenges, opportunities and research priorities to develop understanding of the stochastic thermodynamics of computational systems that are distributed, with multiple spatially separated subsystems, are not at thermodynamic equilibrium (and in general, not even in a stationary state), and have both substantial thermodynamic costs of communication among the subsystems and thermodynamic costs of the information processing within the subsystems. This connection between energy efficiency in information processing and thermodynamic limits could have far reaching consequences in the design of computing systems at large. The topic also has a broad appeal to natural scientists, engineers, computer scientists and has been of much recent interest in multiple disciplines. The inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds will facilitate the scientific and professional development of early career researchers and increase the STEM workforce pipeline in these areas, as well as help to ensure inclusion of scientists from traditionally underrepresented groups. Close to half of the invitees to the workshop will be students or postdocs from different communities. The PI has had extensive recent experience in mentoring students and postdocs in the general field of the stochastic thermodynamics of computation. This workshop will assemble a set of leading researchers working to examine issues common to nonequilibrium theormodynamics and the design of computers, to describe the reasons that they should be studied from an interdisciplinary point of view, to enumerate the major challenges that lays ahead, and to create a strategy for a way forward. A diverse group of physical theorists, electrical and computer engineers, and electronic device researchers with strong understanding of thermodynamics will participate in the workshop. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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