Established in 2018, the Applications and Systems-driven Center for Energy-Efficient integrated Nano Technologies (ASCENT) is a $38.2 million center led by the University of Notre Dame. The team, comprising 28 faculty members and 150 graduate students from 14 universities, conducts research to increase the performance, efficiency and capabilities of future computing systems for both commercial and defense applications.

The universities involved are Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Colorado, and the University of Texas-Dallas and Wayne State University.

ASCENT is one of six centers funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of SRC’s Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP).