Multipoint architectures for on-board optical interconnects

Apostolos Siokis, Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos, Emmanouel (Manos) Varvarigos

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Optical technology offers a high-Bandwidth, energy-Efficient solution for the increased communication requirements of data center and high-Performance computing environments and is expected to be gradually deployed at all levels of the packaging hierarchy: from board-Toboard, to on-Board, andeven on-Chipcommunication. In this work we focus on the on-board architecture level, outlining layout strategies for multipoint networks, such as single buses as well as a mesh of buses (MB) on optical printed circuit boards (OPCBs). Driven by that, we discuss how related point-To-Point topologies, such as ameshof fully connected networks (MFCN), can be realized using wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) and multipoint layouts. We also provide closed-Form formulas for the network capacity and the average internodal distance of these two mesh-Like topology families,MB and MFCN, and demonstrate how the proposed techniques and formulas can be used for designing reconfigurable mesh-Like architectures on OPCBs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-877
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Optical Communications and Networking
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bus
  • Mesh of buses
  • Mesh of fully connectednetworks
  • Multipoint networks
  • Optical interconnects
  • Optical printed circuit boards
  • Topology layout
  • WDM.

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