Optical interconnections for massively parallel architectures.


This paper presents a study of board-level interconnection requirements for highly parallel and massively parallel computing. Analytical models of the I/O bandwidth of popular interconnection networks have been developed and show that current electronic technologies are poor in supporting the necessary I/O density and bandwidth. Optical interconnects appear to offer greater potential in meeting these I/O requirements. Several possible optical implementations of interconnecting a network of electronic processors are compared. The use of polymer waveguides appears to offer the best solution compatible with existing multiboard system architectures.

DOI: 10.1364/AO.29.001077


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@article{Guha1990OpticalIF, title={Optical interconnections for massively parallel architectures.}, author={Apala Guha and Julian Bristow and Craig Sullivan and Ammar Husain}, journal={Applied optics}, year={1990}, volume={29 8}, pages={1077-93} }