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 High Performnance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

SCHEDULE: NOV 13-19, 2010

Circuit-Switched Memory Access in Photonic Interconnection Networks for High-Performance Embedded Computing

SESSION: On-Chip Networks and Power Management


TIME: 11:00AM - 11:30AM

SESSION CHAIR: Keren Bergman

AUTHOR(S):Gilbert Hendry, Eric Robinson, Vitaliy Gleyzer, Johnnie Chan, Luca Carloni, Nadya Bliss, Keren Bergman


As advancements in CMOS technology trend toward ever increasing core counts in chip multiprocessors for high-performance embedded computing, the discrepancy between on- and off-chip communication bandwidth continues to widen due to the power and spatial constraints of electronic off-chip signaling. Silicon photonics-based communication offers many advantages over electronics for network-on-chip design, namely power consumption that is effectively agnostic to distance traveled at the chip- and board-scale, even across chip boundaries. In this work we develop a design for a photonic network-on-chip with integrated DRAM I/O interfaces and compare its performance to similar electronic solutions using a detailed network-on-chip simulation. When used in a circuit-switched network, silicon nanophotonic switches offer higher bandwidth density and low power transmission, adding up to over 10x better performance and 3-5x lower power over the baseline for projective transform, matrix multiply, and Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), all key algorithms in embedded real-time signal and image processing.

Chair/Author Details:

Keren Bergman (Chair) - Columbia University

Gilbert Hendry - Columbia University

Eric Robinson - MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Vitaliy Gleyzer - MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Johnnie Chan - Columbia University

Luca Carloni - Columbia University

Nadya Bliss - MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Keren Bergman - Columbia University

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