Green IT

The Radboud Centre for Green Information Technology aims to drastically lower the energy demand in the coming decades via innovations in IT. To realise its goals, the centre actively engages with societal and industrial partners.

With fundamental research, the Radboud Centre for Green Information Technology lays the foundations for an era of energy-efficient hardware (greening of IT) and works on smart software solutions that contribute to the sustainable development goals (greening by IT). The strength of the Radboud Centre for Green Information Technology lies in the multidisciplinary approach, combining computer sciences, material sciences, life sciences and environmental sciences.

Data storage & Green IT

Our modern society is driven by data. When you realise that 30 Google searches already consume the amount of energy needed for boiling 1 liter of water, you can imagine that efficiency of computer hardware is a top priority in future IT development. Material scientists at the Radboud Centre for Green Information Technology work on futuristic new ways of data storage and data processing. What if we could switch magnets with light? And what if we could store information on polymer molecules or even on single atoms? All these radical new ideas could become reality in the coming decades.

Digital information on a bicycle tyre?

Will we store digital information on a bicycle tyre or a long plastic thread in 20 years’ time? Chemists working at Radboud University and the University of Groningen are an important step closer to developing a new technology to store information on a polymer chain. Read more.

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Computing architecture & Green IT

The most efficient computing system that we know of is the human brain. Therefore, Neuroscientists at the Radboud Center for Green Information Technology try to understand the working of the neural networks in the brain and mimic that architecture in computer hardware. They collaborate with material scientists to create materials with the desired properties.

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Software for sustainability

Next to ‘greening of IT’ the Radboud Centre for Green Information Technology also focuses on ‘greening by IT’: software solutions that contribute to the sustainable development goals. As software is incorporated in every aspect of our society, the options are countless. Read below about our work on Process Analytical Technologies, Life Cycle Assessment, strategies to improve the efficiency of devices and machines by optimizing their software codes, and about the role of AI in Green IT.

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