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Reconfigurable optical interconnections for parallel computing

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5 Author(s)
McArdle, N. ; Dept. of Math. Eng. & Inf. Phys., Tokyo Univ., Japan ; Naruse, M. ; Toyoda, H. ; Kobayashi, Y.
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We describe our research on optically interconnected optoelectronic parallel computing systems. Our architecture is based on a multilayer pipeline of two-dimensional optoelectronic device arrays in which each pixel is composed of an optical input channel, a general-purpose programmable processor, local memory, and a surface-emitting laser diode as an optical output channel. Free-space optics provides parallel, global communication between layers in the pipeline via optical paths that are dynamically reconfigurable. Design and initial realization of a system are described.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:88 ,  Issue: 6 )