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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 1990
  • pp: 1077–1093

Optical interconnections for massively parallel architectures

Aloke Guha, Julian Bristow, Charles Sullivan, and Anis Husain  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 29, Issue 8, pp. 1077-1093 (1990)

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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.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 16, 1989
Published: March 10, 1990

Aloke Guha, Julian Bristow, Charles Sullivan, and Anis Husain, "Optical interconnections for massively parallel architectures," Appl. Opt. 29, 1077-1093 (1990)

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