ERCET is about better and faster computers

In order to make the development of new supercomputers possible, a whole range of innovations is needed. ERCET research within the realm of computer science targets three main topics:

  • Nano-photonics or optical communication technology;
  • New technology for computers and data storage;
  • Microservers: very small and powerful computers.

Core technology: computer science

To the core

Our research in the field of Computer Science focuses on next-generation hardware and software solutions to address the needs generated by exascale data. ERCET will pay special attention to search engines, accelerators, real-time imaging and automated processing of large amounts of data.

"Traditionally, each home had an analogous energy meter for billing purposes. Looking at it from an ICT point of view: zero bytes. In the Netherlands today, digital meters are legally allowed to measure only six times a year, enough to get billed, but not much for smart applications. But in the near future, we expect smart digital meters to register usage every 15 minutes or even more frequently. And there's more, with data coming in from small scale wind and solar power generators, electric cars, e-bikes and smart home appliances. The amount of data generated by 8 million Dutch households will be BIG. The cornerstone of success will be using it wisely."

Marco Aiello, project leader computer science