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Applications Of Fiber Optics To Computer Systems
Author(s): Martin W. Sachs
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Paper Abstract

Fiber optics promises to be an attractive transmission medium for communication between the computer and its I/O devices and for local networks. Its attractiveness results from its potential for providing high data transfer rate and long transmission distance. Within the central computer complex, serial transmission on fiber optics can also eliminate many of the problems associated with today's bulky parallel cables and connectors. However to obtain the maximum benefits of fiber optics, it will be necesary to make changes to the I/O interface architecture as well as the transmission medium. Changes may also be required in the way applications utilize I/O in order to take advantage of the high data rate potential. This paper discusses some of the features of fiber optics as applied to the computer system and also indicates possible architecture and application approaches for deriving the greatest benefit from fiber optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 January 1982
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0318, 1st Intl Conf and Workshop on Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, (14 January 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.967627
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Martin W. Sachs, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0318:
1st Intl Conf and Workshop on Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
Andre J. Duerinckx, Editor(s)

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