Studies of an Optical Multi-Processor Interconnect
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER OPTOELECTRONIC COMPUTING SYSTEMS CENTER
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Optical fiber provide a very high capacity medium for point to point transmission of data. It is not straight forward to achieve the same level of success in networked fiber communication systems. A carefully designed system can reach terabyte-per-second capability. The purpose of this study was to investigate the performance of a generic optical distributed interconnect architecture for parallel processing. In particular, the target was the general purpose, easily programmable tightly coupled multiple-instruction stream, multiple data stream MIMD systems. We have proposed a fiber-optic interconnect system that is aimed at exploiting the advantages provided by both optics and electronics to provide a low latency, high throughput communication between processors and memory modules in a shared memory system. Decisions taken during any new design are to be based on the basic requirements placed on the system, the strengths and weakness of the implementation domain as well as the identification of the problems that exist in past designs.
- Computer Hardware
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics