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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 1991
  • pp: 2334–2343

Design and performance of a multiprocessor system employing board-to-board free-space optical interconnections: COSINE-1

Toshikazu Sakano, Takao Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Noguchi, and Tomoko Sawabe  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 30, Issue 17, pp. 2334-2343 (1991)

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A practical thirty-six processor computer system employing manually reconfigurable board-to-board free-space optical interconnections has been built. The free-space optical interconnection section employs collimated beams that have 90 cm of transmission length at the maximum. It acts as a reconfigurable optical backplane that accommodates 144 input/output ports. The processors applied to the system are Transputers, each of which has four bidirectional links to communicate with other Transputers. This paper describes the design concept and the optical interconnection performances of the optical interconnection section employed in the constructed system.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 30, 1990
Published: June 10, 1991

Toshikazu Sakano, Takao Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Noguchi, and Tomoko Sawabe, "Design and performance of a multiprocessor system employing board-to-board free-space optical interconnections: COSINE-1," Appl. Opt. 30, 2334-2343 (1991)

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