Brian J. d'Auriol, Ph.D.

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Brian J. d'Auriol, Optical Interconnection Networks: Classifications, Departmental Seminar, Sept. 23, 1999, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.

The recent intensified research efforts in the area of optical and optoelectronic interconnection networks have been motivated by the desire to attain significant increases in computational speed, in the order of teraflop (or beyond) computing. The prevailing view in the research community is that such a goal is realizable only by the deployment of opptical-based interconnection networks in high performance computing systems. There is a wide spectrum of research activity in this area.

A classification of the related areas of optical/optoelectronic interconnection network research, electrical-based interconnection network research and computational models is preseented. In particular, a holistic viewpoint of optical/optoelectronic interconnection networks is adopted. This viewpoint provides significant insight into the important issues regrdiding optical/optoelectronic interconnection network research, and more importantly, its role in supporting teraflop computing.

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