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Silicon Photonic Interconnects for Large-Scale Computer Systems
Jan.-Feb. 2013 (vol. 33 no. 1)
pp. 68-78
Ron Ho, Oracle Labs
Philip Amberg, Oracle Labs
Eric Chang, Oracle Labs
Pranay Koka, Oracle Labs
Jon Lexau, Oracle Labs
Guoliang Li, Oracle Labs
Frankie Y. Liu, Oracle Labs
Herb Schwetman, Oracle Labs
Ivan Shubin, Oracle Labs
Hiren D. Thacker, Oracle Labs
Xuezhe Zheng, Oracle Labs
John E. Cunningham, Oracle Labs
Optical interconnects play an integral role in large-scale digital computing, switching, and routing systems. The authors describe a path toward future many-chip modules based on silicon photonic interposers that stitch together tens of chips in a dense and efficient communication infrastructure. They review the guiding design principles for this "macrochip" and describe its canonical energy, loss, and area budgets.
Index Terms:
Silicon,Optical interconnections,Optical waveguides,Modulation,Integrated circuit interconnections,Optical switches,Optical fiber communication,optical communication,integrated optics,photodetectors,modulation
Ron Ho, Philip Amberg, Eric Chang, Pranay Koka, Jon Lexau, Guoliang Li, Frankie Y. Liu, Herb Schwetman, Ivan Shubin, Hiren D. Thacker, Xuezhe Zheng, John E. Cunningham, Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy, "Silicon Photonic Interconnects for Large-Scale Computer Systems," IEEE Micro, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 68-78, Jan.-Feb. 2013, doi:10.1109/MM.2012.91
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