Germany’s challenge is clear: in order to maintain and enhance its innovative performance, it must achieve sovereignty in strategically important key areas of technology. The most significant innovation drivers of the 21st century are Industrie 4.0, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and edge computing. Today’s computer technologies and IT architectures are struggling to meet our new requirements for energy consumption, data processing and transfer rates. This problem can only be solved by new principles of computing and architectures.
The solutions currently being developed by Fraunhofer researchers include trusted computing, neuromorphic computing and quantum computing. The goal of all their efforts is to develop trusted, high-performance, resource-efficient hardware and software to reinforce Germany’s resilience and security as a hub of industry and technology.
Trusted computing aims to create next-generation information systems that can guarantee extremely high and previously unattainable levels of trust.
Neuromorphic computing uses the human brain as a model for hardware and computing platforms, semiconductor technologies, chip design, architectures and algorithms in order to increase the performance and energy efficiency of computing systems, including mobile and edge applications.
Quantum computers can tackle highly complex calculations that would be almost impossible to perform even with conventional supercomputers. This makes the development of corresponding technologies and algorithms essential not just for Fraunhofer, but also for Germany and Europe.
Conscious of the need to maintain German and European competitiveness, Fraunhofer seeks to drive forward developments and system solutions in the high-tech arena, pooling expertise and resources across the entire value chain of micro- and nanoelectronics, algorithmic and material research.