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26 October 1989 Information Processing With Optical Interconnects
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Proceedings Volume 1136, Holographic Optics II: Principles and Applications; (1989) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.961660
Event: 1989 International Congress on Optical Science and Engineering, 1989, Paris, France
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(This is almost verbatim the text of the conference presented in plenary session PLO6 at the E.C.O. 2 symposium in Paris on april 27, 1989.) I would like to devote this talk to a tutorial review of the domain of optical computing as seen from the viewpoint of optical interconnects. We shall start with a short critical assessment of the state of optical computing, showing that optical interconnects are an important part of it. We shall then review the technologies and the families of components available and whose continuing development appears necessary in this context. The question of interconnects in microelectronics will then be examined, clearly supporting the assertion that optics has a part to play there. We shall close with a review of the fundamental advantages that can reasonably be expected from the introduction of optical interconnects in electronic computers. The general ideas will be illustrated whenever possible by recent examples from the litterature or from projects presently under investigation in our Institute in Orsay. To a large extent, this presentation will elaborate on work inspired by the pionneering 1984 article by Goodman, Leonberger, Kung and Athale.
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Pierre Chavel "Information Processing With Optical Interconnects", Proc. SPIE 1136, Holographic Optics II: Principles and Applications, (26 October 1989); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.961660
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