Optical interconnects for NOCs and off-chip networks

P. Watts, K.A. Williams

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Abstract

Optical interconnects have been widely proposed in order to overcome the bandwidth and power consumption bottlenecks of copper for computer systems. This interest has been driven by rapid developments in integrated optical devices as well as the growing power issues in multicore systems. This tutorial will review the optical interconnect field, focusing on power consumption and optical integration issues. Starting from fundamentals, we will show how to estimate the power consumption of an optical link in different network configurations. We then discuss the state of the art and future challenges in optical integration to show the potential for bringing high bandwidth as close to the processors as possible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the fifth ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Networks-on-chip, 1-4 May 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event5th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip (NOCS 2011), May 1-4, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA, USA - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: 1 May 20114 May 2011

Conference

Conference5th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip (NOCS 2011), May 1-4, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Abbreviated titleNOCS 2011
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period1/05/114/05/11

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