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The program "Engineering Digital Futures (EDF) - Supercomputing, Data Management and Information Security for Knowledge and Action" contributes to the digital transformation in science, technology and society through research, development and the utilization of cutting-edge supercomputers, quantum and neuromorphic computing technologies, large-scale data management, latest information security techniques, and the creation of knowledge from data to enable informed decisions and actions.

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Our focus

The main objective of the program EDF is to contribute to solving the methodological, technical, instrumental, organizational, and societal challenges faced by modern science, engineering, industry and society in the age of digital transformation.

The sheer volume of real and simulated data as well as the rapidly growing complexity of information systems require completely new approaches to the management and processing of this research data. A deeper understanding of data and models, as made possible by analysis and simulation, results in a variety of novel use scenarios. This approach is now the main driver of innovation and value creation. Secure information systems as well as trust in and verifiability of digital information, as researched within the program, form the basis for societal and economic benefits of the digital transformation as well as for securing and averting threats to our infrastructure. Against this backdrop, scientific and technological leadership in the areas of big data, IT security, artificial intelligence and supercomputing is to be strived for.

The aim of the program is to create the technical conditions for access to and support in the use of upcoming modular exascale computers and federated data infrastructures across Europe. In addition, neuromorphic computers and quantum computers are to open up terra incognita for the computing of the future. New concepts for technology assessment form the basis for preparing science, business, and society for the future challenges of the digital transformation.

An integral part of all projects are interdisciplinary partnerships both between the topics of the program and with the other programs in the research field Information, as well as across the research fields and beyond, the transfer of knowledge and technology in research, business, politics, and society.

Thomas Lippert

Speaker of the Program "Engineering Digital Futures"
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Participating Helmholtz Centers