High capacity interconnection networks

Madeleine Glick, Michael Dales, Tao Lin, E. T. Aw, Adrian Wonfor, Kevin A. Williams, Richard V. Penty, Ian H. White

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter in a published conference proceeding


Optical interconnects are being considered for short link data networks as a solution enabling higher aggregate bit rates and lower power consumption. For short link length interconnects, as used in chip to chip interconnects, internal system backplanes and inter-system interconnects such as blade server backplanes, storage area networks and processing clusters, requirements are quite different to those for long distance telecommunications systems. Low power consumption, latency, and size become important criteria in addition to ultra high bandwidth. In order to achieve the projected ultra high capacity and low latency needs, we are considering optical switching fabrics. The optical switch, however, brings significant changes to the interconnect architecture in terms of how routing decisions are made and how contention resolution is managed. We discuss these issues and present our results for a multiwavelength optically switched interconnect.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetwork Architectures, Management, and Applications IV
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2006
EventNetwork Architectures, Management, and Applications IV - Gwangju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 5 Sept 20067 Sept 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6354 II
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceNetwork Architectures, Management, and Applications IV
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Optical interconnect
  • Optical network
  • Semiconductor optical amplifiers
  • WDM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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