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Optical Digital Computers: Devices and Architecture

  • Alan Huang

Abstract

Advances in computation are being limited by communication considerations. The fastest transistors switch in 5 picoseconds whereas the fastest computer runs with a 5 nanosecond clock. This three orders of magnitude disparity in speed can be traced to communication constraints such as connectivity and bandwidth.

Keywords

Optical Logic Communication Constraint Optical Gate Optical Logic Gate Power Supply Frequency 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.AT&T Bell LaboratoriesHolmdelUSA

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