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Networking consumes up to 33 percent of modern data center power. Network switches are the key source of inefficiency: a switch traversal costs an order of magnitude more than a link traversal. The authors propose a new high-radix switch architecture that uses emerging integrated optical interconnect technology to reduce switch power. They tailor every component of a switch to best exploit optical technology and improve switch scalability and energy efficiency.
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J. H. Ahn et al., "Optical high radix switch design," in IEEE Micro, vol. 32, no. , pp. 100-109, 2012.
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