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Clustering supercomputer nodes using high-density parallel optic interconnects
Author(s): Randy W. Wickman; Bruce R. Pecor; John P. Greene; David A. Barneson; Glenn Raskin
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Paper Abstract

Clustering supercomputer nodes requires a large amount of bandwidth in as small an area as possible. The distance between nodes can be quite varied, and interconnects covering 30 meters between nodes are not uncommon. Current advances in parallel optic interconnects allow these devices to be given consideration to replace the more traditional electrical and copper cable interconnect. However, supercomputer communication boards often need to support and route 1,000 to 1,200 communications lines. We build and demonstrate a parallel optic interconnect module with a bandwidth density of 15Gb/s/inch2 and an optical connector housing supporting 16 MT ferrules to satisfy the needs of a system communication module.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3632, Optoelectronic Interconnects VI, (13 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.344598
Show Author Affiliations
Randy W. Wickman, Silicon Graphics/Cray Research (United States)
Bruce R. Pecor, Silicon Graphics/Cray Research (United States)
John P. Greene, Silicon Graphics/Cray Research (United States)
David A. Barneson, Silicon Graphics/Cray Research (United States)
Glenn Raskin, Motorola (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3632:
Optoelectronic Interconnects VI
Julian P. G. Bristow; Suning Tang, Editor(s)

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