FET Proactive Initiative: Minimising Energy Consumption of Computing to the Limit (MINECC)

FET Proactive Initiative:

EXA2GREEN is co-financed by the European Commission under 7th Framework Programme Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Proactive Initiative: Minimising Energy Consumption of Computing to the Limit (MINECC).

Extract of the ICT Work Programme 2011-2012 - Objective ICT-2011.9.8


What is “Minimising Energy Consumption of Computing to the Limit (MINECC)”


The energy consumption of computing technologies have become more and more an obstacle to the realisation of new functionalities in, for instance, mobile or distributed applications and limits performance. It also has an increasing impact on energy supply and environment. Since energy efficiency of today's technologies are orders of magnitude above the theoretical limits, disruptive solutions and radically new approaches are needed to close this gap.


Target outcomes

Proposals should lay the foundations for radically new technologies for computation that strive for the theoretical limits in energy consumption while maintaining or even enhancing functionality and performance. At least one of the following outcomes should be addressed:


  1. New elementary devices and inter-device-communication mechanisms operating at the limits of minimum energy consumption.
  2. Novel computing paradigms with radically improved energy efficiency. Examples include approaches inspired by biology, post-Boolean logics and computing under uncertainty, randomness and unreliability as a result of low-energy device properties.
  3. Software models and programming methodologies supporting the strive for the energetic limit (e.g. energy cost awareness or exploiting the trade-off between energy and performance/precision).


Proposals should aim for a proof of concept and investigate the viability of the approach. The expected energy gain should be indicated and the proposal should foresee appropriate energy metrics or benchmarks for verification.


Expected impact


  • Understanding of theoretical limits of energy efficiency in computation (e.g. energy dissipation, thermodynamic and quantum physics limits)
  • Foundations of computing technologies with negligible energy consumption
  • Reduction of the environmental impact caused by the energy consumption of ICT



Currently, next to EXA2GREEN 6 further projects are co-financed by the FET Proactive Initiative.


  • ENTRA - Whole-Systems Energy Transparency
  • LANDAUER - Operating ICT basic switches below the Landauer limit
  • PARADIME - Parallel Distributed Infrastructure for Minimization of Energy
  • PHIDIAS - Ultra-Low-Power Holistic Design for Smart Biosignals Computing Platforms
  • SENSATION - Self Energy-Supporting Autonomous Compution
  • TOLOP - Towards Low Power ICT


Related national and international research activities & initiative

The goal of the ICT-Energy project is to create a coordination activity among consortia involved in the ICT-Energy field with specific reference to bringing together the existing “Toward Zero-Power ICT” community organized within the ZEROPOWER project and the novel “MINECC” (Minimising energy consumption of computing to the limit) community recently funded under the FET Proactive Call 8 (FP7-ICT-2011-8) Objective 9.8. The coordination activity is aimed at assessing the impact of the research efforts developed in the groups involved in the different consortia and proposing measures to increase the visibility of ICT-Energy related initiatives to the scientific community, targeted industries and to the public at large through exchange of information, dedicated networking events and media campaigns.
eeClust Project

“eeClust is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research with the goal to determine relationships between the behaviour of parallel programs and the energy consumption of their execution on a compute cluster. With this analysis temporarily unutilized components can be disabled to gain energy savings.”

FIT4Green aims at contributing to ICT energy reducing efforts by creating an energy-aware layer of plug-ins for data centre automation frameworks, to improve energy efficiency of existing IT solution deployment strategies so as to minimize overall power consumption, by moving computation and services around a federation of IT data centres sites.”

“The DEEP consortium will develop a novel, Exascale-enabling supercomputing architecture with a matching SW stack and a set of optimized grand-challenge simulation applications. DEEP takes the concept of compute acceleration to a new level: instead of adding accelerator cards to Cluster nodes, an accelerator Cluster, called Booster, will complement a conventional HPC system and increase its compute performance. Together with a software stack focused on meeting Exascale requirements, comprising adapted programming models, libraries and performance tools, the DEEP architecture, will enable unprecedented scalability. The Cluster-level heterogeneity of DEEP will attenuate the consequences of Amdahl’s law allowing users to run applications with kernels of high scalability alongside kernels of low scalability concurrently on different sides of the system, avoiding at the same time over and under subscription. An extrapolation to millions of cores would take the DEEP concept to an Exascale level.”
The Green Grid

The Green Grid is working closely with end-users, technology providers and governments around the world to create standards for more efficient use of resources in data centers. Through data collection and analysis, assessment of emerging technologies and devising best practices for data center operators, we are creating industry-leading metrics and measurements for executives and end- users anywhere in the world to determine the efficiency of their specific data centers.