The list of applications requiring high-performance computing resources is constantly growing. The cost of inter-processor communication is critical in determining the performance of massively parallel computing systems for many of these applications. This paper considers the feasibility of a commodity processor-based system which uses a free-space optical interconnect. A novel architecture, based on this technology, is presented. Analytical and simulation results based on an implementation of BSP (Bulk Synchronous Parallelism) are presented, indicating that a significant performance enhancement, over architectures using conventional interconnect technology, is possible. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2004|
- Optical interconnect