, Santa Clara University
, Digital Equipment Corporation
, 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.
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.