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Application of optical interconnection link to multi-PC system
Author(s): Ge Zhou; Jindong Tian; Haifeng Li; Wencai Jing; Yimo Zhang
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Paper Abstract

This paper presented an optical interconnection multiple PC system connected by a ring network. This multiple PC system uses Linux Operating system, and the standard communication protocol of complying with Ethernet specification. This paper studied the factors that influence the interconnection performance among multiple computers, including the effect of the buffer size of OLI on the bandwidth of network layer, and the effect of retransmission method on the performance. The results of ping-pong test show that optical fiber link is able to provide high-bandwidth and low-latency communication for a multi-PCs system. We found that the performance of the interconnection network can be improved by improving the interface match between the optical fiber link and computer bus input/output. Besides, the development of a chip to implement network interface and a part of network protocol, such as developing with FPGA device in this paper, could result in the higher performance of the interconnection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4470, Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing III, (6 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449647
Show Author Affiliations
Ge Zhou, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Jindong Tian, Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology (China)
Haifeng Li, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Wencai Jing, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Yimo Zhang, Tianjin Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4470:
Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing III
Khan M. Iftekharuddin; Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal, Editor(s)

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