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)