Guest Editors' Introduction: The Hottest Interconnects
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1997 (Vol. 17, No. 1) p. 7
0272-1732/97/$31.00 © 1997 IEEE

Published by the IEEE Computer Society
Guest Editors' Introduction: The Hottest Interconnects
Qiang Li, Santa Clara University

Chuck Thacker, Digital Equipment Corporation

Kai Li, Princeton University
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This special issue of IEEE Micro features six articles derived from presentations at the fourth annual Hot Interconnects Symposium held at Stanford in August 1996. The symposium accepts both short presentations and full papers, making it an especially attractive venue for industrial contributions.
Of particular interest in this issue are two articles by authors from previous years who submitted contributions that indicated how well a previously hot technology fared in actual use. "Client-Server Computing on Shrimp" and "Using the Memory Channel Network" are retrospective looks at two networking technologies.
Of course, the primary purpose of Hot Interconnects is to present innovative new technologies. We believe the next four articles in this special issue demonstrate that we have met our goal.
"Tiny Tera: A Packet Switch Core" discusses the architectural issues in constructing terabit-per-second local-area network switches.
"Spider: A High-Speed Network Interconnect" presents a nonblocking crossbar router chip for system-area networks that can deliver speeds of 1 Gbyte/s per link direction.
Wireless communication at extremely high frequencies has become a very hot topic, and "A High-Speed Wireless LAN" presents a creative approach to 40-GHz wireless communication.
"Transmitter Equalization for 4-Gbps Signaling" pushes the envelope in high-bandwidth signaling over ordinary copper transmission lines.
Conclusion
These are just a selected set of papers from the symposium. Originally conceived as a companion to the Hot Chips Symposium, the scope of Hot Interconnects has expanded over the years. We now solicit submissions in several areas, including in-computer, local-area, and wide-area interconnects. The 1996 Hot Interconnects meeting attracted 48 submissions, approximately half of which we accepted.
We hope you enjoy this special issue, and we encourage you to contribute to future Hot Interconnects symposiums.
Qiang Li is an associate professor in the Computer Engineering Department at Santa Clara University in California. His technical interests include parallel and distributed computing, operating systems, and architecture.Li holds a PhD degree in computer science from Florida International University. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Chuck Thacker is a senior corporate consulting engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation. His technical interests include computer architecture, computer networking, and computer-aided design.Thacker holds an AB degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the IEEE and the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the ACM.
Kai Li is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. His technical interests include parallel computing, computer architecture, and operating systems.Li holds a PhD degree in computer science from Yale University. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and ACM.