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A cost/speed/reliability tradeoff to erasing

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Computer Science Theory
General Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics
Stochastic Thermodynamics
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Manoj Gopalkrishnan
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A cost/speed/reliability tradeoff to erasing
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conference_proceedings
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2015
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We present a KL-control treatment of the fundamental problem of erasing a bit. We introduce notions of "reliability" of information storage via a reliability timescale $\tau_r$, and "speed" of erasing via an erasing timescale $\tau_e$. Our problem formulation captures the tradeoff between speed, reliability, and the Kullback-Leibler (KL) cost required to erase a bit. We show that rapid erasing of a reliable bit costs at least $\log 2 - \log\left(1 - \operatorname{e}^{-\frac{\tau_e}{\tau_r


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  • doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-21819-9_14 (Google search)
  • issn: 16113349
  • sgr: 84943625259
  • isbn: 9783319218182
  • arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1410.1710
  • scopus: 2-s2.0-84943625259
  • pui: 606383559\right) > \log 2$, which goes to $\frac{1}{2} \log\frac{2\tau_r}{\tau_e}$ when $\tau_r>>\tau_e$.

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