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Optical Engineering

Optical Computer Switching Network
Author(s): B. Clymer; S. A. Collins
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present the design for an optical switching system for minicomputers that uses an optical spatial light modulator such as a Hughes liquid crystal light valve. The switching system is designed to connect 80 minicomputers coupled to the switching system by optical fibers. The system has two major parts: the connection system that connects the data lines by which the computers communicate via a two-dimensional optical matrix array and the control system that controls which computers are connected. We first present the basic system, then describe the matrix-based connecting system and review some of the optical components to be used. Finally, the details of the control system are given and illustrated with a discussion of timing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1985
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 24(1) 240174 doi: 10.1117/12.7973428
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 24, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
B. Clymer, Stanford University (United States)
S. A. Collins, The Ohio State University (United States)

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