The design of a scalable optical local area network formultiprocessing systems is described. Each workstation has aparallel-fiber-ribbon optical link to a centralized complementarymetal-oxide silicon (CMOS) switch core, implemented on a singlecompact printed circuit board (PCB). When the Motorola Optobusfiber technology is used, each workstation has a data bandwidth of 6.4Gbits/s to the core. A centralized switch core interconnecting 32workstations supports a 204-Gbit/s aggregate data bandwidth. Theswitch core is based on a conventional broadcast-and-selectarchitecture, implemented with parallel CMOS integrated circuits(IC’s). The switch core scales well; by incorporation of theCMOS optoelectronic IC’s with optical input–output, the electricalcore can be reduced to a single-chip optoelectronic IC with terabitcapacities. A prototype of an optoelectronic switch core has been fabricated and is described. The appeal of the architectureincludes its reliance on commercially available parallel-fibertechnology, its reliance on the well-developed markets of local areanetworks and networks of workstations, and its smooth scalability from the electrical to optical domains as technology matures.
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Ted H. Szymanski, Albert Au, Myriam Lafrenière-Roula, Victor Tyan, Boonchuay Supmonchai, James Wong, Belkacem Zerrouk, and Stefan Thomas Obenaus, "Terabit Optical Local Area Networks for Multiprocessing Systems," Appl. Opt. 37, 264-275 (1998)