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Fundamental Limits in Dissipative Processes during Computation

Version 1 : Received: 9 May 2019 / Approved: 13 May 2019 / Online: 13 May 2019 (10:00:55 CEST)

How to cite: Chiucchiù, D.; Diamantini, C.; Lopez-Suarez, M.; Neri, I.; Gammaitoni, L. Fundamental Limits in Dissipative Processes during Computation. Preprints 2019, 2019050149 Chiucchiù, D.; Diamantini, C.; Lopez-Suarez, M.; Neri, I.; Gammaitoni, L. Fundamental Limits in Dissipative Processes during Computation. Preprints 2019, 2019050149

Abstract

An increasing amount of electric energy is consumed by computers as they progress in function and capabilities. All of it is dissipated in heat during the computing and communicating operations and we reached the point that further developments are hindered by the unbearable amount of heat produced. In this paper we briefly review the fundamental limits in energy dissipation, as imposed by the laws of physics, with specific reference to computing and memory storage activities.

Subject Areas

dissipation; computing; fluctuations; heat; energy

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