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1 September 1991 Optical interconnects in high-bandwidth computing
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High bandwidth computing makes equally high demands upon the speed of data processing and the speed of data flow. Consequently, in high bandwidth computing systems at several levels, fast and highly parallel interconnects are necessary for both clock and data distribution in order to avoid transfer-bound computing. For the present time, data processing has still to be based upon the use of electronic components. However, realization of fast and highly parallel interconnects is no longer possible without application of optical (and electrical) interconnects in combination with electro-optic and opto-electronic elements. Realization problems are quite different at system, inter-chip and intra-chip level. High bandwidth computing requires at system level application of powerful, reconfigurable interconnects. Consequently, the feasibility of optical interconnects at the system level is closely related to the system interconnect topology. The advantages of the use of optical interconnects for the purpose of data distribution has given rise to consideration of the feasibility of replacing electrical power distribution by means of electrical links with optical power distribution through optical links.
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L. Dekker and Edward E. E. Frietman "Optical interconnects in high-bandwidth computing", Proc. SPIE 1505, Optics for Computers: Architectures and Technologies, (1 September 1991);


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