The high-speed optoelectronic memory system project is concerned with the reduction of latency within multiprocessor computer systems (a key problem) by the use of optoelectronics and associated packaging technologies. System demonstrators have been constructed to enable the evaluation of the technologies in terms of manufacturability. The system combines fiber, free space, and planar integrated optical waveguide technologies to augment the electronic memory and the processor components. Modeling and simulation techniques were developed toward the analysis and design of board-integrated waveguide transmission characteristics and optical interfacing. We describe the fabrication, assembly, and simulation of the major components within the system. © 2008 Optical Society of America.