Optical computer architectures: the application of optical concepts to next generation computers

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Wiley, Jan 16, 1991 - Computers - 531 pages
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Optics is entering all phases of computer technology. By providing new research and ideas, it brings the reader up to date on how and why optics is likely to be used in next generation computers and at the same time explains the unique advantage optics enjoys over conventional electronics and why this trend will continue. Covered are basic optical concepts such as mathematical derivations, optical devices for optical computing, optical associative memories, optical interconnections, and optical logic. Also suggested are a number of research activities that are reinforcing the trend toward optics in computing, including neural networks, the software crisis, highly parallel computation, progress in new semiconductors, the decreasing cost of laser diodes, communication industry investments in fiber optics, and advances in optical devices. Exercises, solutions sets, and examples are provided.

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Contents

Why Optical Computers?
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laser diodes and fiber optics create opportunities for significantly advancing
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considers optical memory Chapter 8 shows how logic may be performed
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