NEUROmorphic energy-efficient secure accelerators based on Phase change materials aUgmented siLiscon photonicS (NEUROPULS)

Type: International Project Project

Duration: from 2023 Jan 01 to 2026 Dec 31

Financed by: European Commission

Prime Contractor: CNRS - Université Paul Sabatier (University) - Toulouse, France

The NEUROPULS project aims to build next-generation low-power and secure edge-computing systems by developing novel
photonic computing architectures and security layers based on photonic PUFs in augmented silicon photonics CMOS-compatible
platforms. The integration of emerging non-volatile phase change materials for synapses/neurons and III-V materials for on-chip spiking sources, for the first time, will allow to build novel neuromorphic accelerators featuring RISC-V compliant interfaces for smooth adoption and programmability. Optimal performance will be achieved thanks to a novel full-system simulation platform for design space exploration. Three relevant use-cases will be considered for bench-marking to demonstrate 2 orders of magnitude
energy efficiency improvement.


  • Argotech (Company) - Czech Republic
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Other)
  • C - Albora (Company) - Spain
  • CEA-Leti (Other) - France
  • CNRS - Université Paul Sabatier (University) - Toulouse, France
  • HP Belgium (Company) - Belgium
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen (University) -Germany
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (University) - Greece
  • Politecnico di Torino (University) - Torino, Italy
  • University of Gent (University) - Belgium
  • University of Verona (University) - Trento, Italy

Principal Investigators