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Efficient deployment of digital optical processing modules
Author(s): John Fraser Snowdon; Andrew J. Waddie; Brian S. Wherrett
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Paper Abstract

An overview of recent work on optical computer design at Heriot-Watt University is presented. The role of parallel electronic machines in the optical machine design process is addressed at both the modular and the system level. Example results of system simulation on both a distributed array processor and a transputer array with implications for general parallel processing are discussed. The systems considered here consist of highly parallel optical units of simple processing capability, running under the control of more sophisticated but less parallel electronic processors. Stress is laid throughout on the use of highly parallel, non-local, free-space, optical interconnects to maximise performance.

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Date Published: 2 February 1993
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Proc. SPIE 1773, Photonics for Computers, Neural Networks, and Memories, (2 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.983205
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John Fraser Snowdon, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Waddie, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Brian S. Wherrett, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1773:
Photonics for Computers, Neural Networks, and Memories
Stephen T. Kowel; John A. Neff; William J. Miceli, Editor(s)

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