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Perspectives for Parallel Optical Interconnects

Part of the series ESPRIT Basic Research Series pp 333-360

Theory of interconnection networks

  • D. FeyAffiliated withAngewandte Optik, Physikalisches Institut Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • , W. StorkAffiliated withAngewandte Optik, Physikalisches Institut Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

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Abstract

Interconnection networks have been widely discussed in the past and are reviewed in this book. Of particular interest are switching networks, which are promising applications for optical interconnect technology. Although the purpose of every interconnection network is the same, to connect one or more sender/receiver pairs, different solutions have been found. To introduce the subject we discuss applications of interconnection networks (Section 14.1). In the second section a classification scheme of these different interconnection techniques is given (Section 14.2) Finally we present concepts and experimental results of optical interconnection networks (Section 14.3).