Laying out interconnects on optical printed circuit boards

Apostolos Siokis, Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos, Varvarigos Emmanouel

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Short distance optical interconnections, on-printed circuit boards, on-backplanes, and even on-chip, are a promising solution for replacing copper interconnections in future Data Center and HPC systems. Since photonic technology introduces new network building blocks, topology design for all the packaging levels should be reconsidered. This paper focuses on the on-board level of the packaging hierarchy, and proposes lay-out strategies for optical interconnection networks on optical printed circuit boards (OPCBs), based on direct topology families (tori, meshes and fully connected networks). We also describe a methodology for designing OPCBs given a set of input parameters, including building blocks specifications as well as traffic demands. The onboard topology design methodology generates all the feasible designs within the topology families examined, following our proposed OPCB lay-out approach, and selects the optimal designs based on specific optimization criteria.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Tenth 2014 ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems
EditorsGordon Brebner, Isaac Keslassy
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450328395
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems 2014 - Marina del Rey, United States of America
Duration: 20 Oct 201421 Oct 2014
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems 2014
Abbreviated titleANCS 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityMarina del Rey
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  • Direct networks
  • On-board topology layout
  • Optical interconnects
  • Optical printed circuit boards
  • Waveguides

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