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This monograph is a result of the ESPRIT Basic Research Working Group 3199, WOIT (Workshop on Optical Information Technology) that incorporates most of the European universities active in the field of optical computing. The volume discusses the applicability of parallel optical interconnects to computer architectures. It particularly emphasises systems that use free space optics as an intermediate medium between optoelectronic arrays. The first section is a review of passive and active components suitable for 3D integration. It includes reflective and refractive components, such as miniature lenses and natural and synthetic holograms, as well as optoelectronic semiconductor devices, spatial light modulators, photo-refractive materials, and acousto-optical devices. Each component is described accurately with regard to its limitations and perspectives for its improvement. The second section covers interconnection schemes and systems using these components. Dedicated architectures, such as correlators and optical cellular automata, and general purpose systems, such as interconnect networks and intracomputer interconnecting frameworks, are presented. Spatial density, bandwidth and energy balance are considered to allow assessment of the relevance of the different architectures investigated.

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Authors: LALANNE P, Institut d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, Centre Scientifique d'Orsay (FR);CHAVEL P ET AL. (EDITORS), Institut d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, Centre Scientifique d'Orsay (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15134 EN (1993) 416 pp.
Availability: Springer-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Postfach 10 52 80, Tiergartenstrasse 17, D-6900 Heidelberg 1 (DE)
ISBN: ISBN 3-540-56786-0
Record Number: 199311420 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en