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Optical bus protocol for a distributed shared memory multiprocessor
Author(s): Martin H. Davis
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Paper Abstract

We discuss our motivation in determining the use of optics in a general purpose parallel computing system when examined from the point of view of Computer Architecture. We assume the use of traditional electronic nodes interconnected via optical waveguides. We define Distributed Shared Memory (DSM) and describe our optical interconnection network architecture by defining our proposed architectural environment and optical bus access control protocols. We present some analytical performance metrics and describe our ongoing simulation studies. We believe our architecture shows promise in allowing a large number of nodes to be optically interconnected in a familiar topology.

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Date Published: 1 December 1991
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Proc. SPIE 1563, Optical Enhancements to Computing Technology, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.2321729
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Martin H. Davis, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1563:
Optical Enhancements to Computing Technology
John A. Neff, Editor(s)

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