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4 April 1997 Versatile processor arrays based on segmented optical buses
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We explore the potential of using optical waveguides and switches to build high performance parallel processing systems by introducing a new class of parallel computing architectures. This class of architectures are based on a special kind of reconfigurable buses called segmented buses. A segmented bus is a bus that can be dynamically partitioned into segments, called sub-buses, under program control. Such a bus can be used as a basic building block for constructing powerful parallel architectures. We show that parallel architectures based on segmented buses are versatile by embedding parallel communication patterns supported by a wide variety of networks such as linear array, ring, complete binary tree, X-tree, mesh-of-trees, multidimensional mesh, torus, multigrid and pyramid into segmented bus based architectures, and show that all these networks can be simulated with small slowdown factors.
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Yueming Li, Si Qing Zheng, and Xiangyang Yang "Versatile processor arrays based on segmented optical buses", Proc. SPIE 3005, Optoelectronic Interconnects and Packaging IV, (4 April 1997); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.271099
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