Optical/Photonic Interconnects for Computing Systems


In Conjunction with Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference
31st March 2017, Lausanne, Switzerland

General Chairs

Jiang Xu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Sébastien Le Beux, Ecole Centrale de Lyon

Program Chair

Mahdi Nikdast, Polytechnique Montréal

Multiprocessor System-on-Chip (MPSoC) is becoming the standard for high-performance computing systems. The performance of an MPSoC is determined not only by the performance of its processing cores and memories, but also by how efficiently they collaborate with one another. As the technology advances and allows the integration of many processing cores, metallic interconnects in MPSoCs will consume significant power while imposing high latency and low bandwidth. Shifting to the many-core era necessitates considering an alternative interconnect technology to replace the traditional electrical interconnects. Among such technologies, photonic technology has demonstrated promising potentials to address the aforementioned issues with the metallic interconnects in MPSoCs. In this context, high-performance silicon photonic devices and circuits are necessary to construct photonic interconnect networks. Furthermore, it is required to explore the feasibility and performance of photonic interconnects as well as the guidelines and design requirements to realize such interconnects. OPTICS aims at discussing the most recent advances in photonic interconnects and silicon photonics for computing systems. Industry’s and academia’s views on the feasibility and recent progress of optical interconnects and silicon photonics will be discussed. The workshop is comprised of invited talks of the highest caliber in addition to refereed poster presentations.

ACM JETC Special Issue on Silicon Photonics

ACM Journal of Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems will publish a special issue on Silicon Photonics. Interested authors can find related information from ACM JETC call for paper.


08:30 Introduction to OPTICS Workshop
Jiang Xu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Session I: What is New on the Technology Side?
Chair: Sébastien Le Beux, Ecole Centrale de Lyon

08:35 Electro-Optical Integration Technology for High-Bandwidth Optical Interconnects [slides]
Bert Jan Offrein, IBM Zurich Research Lab.

09:05 On the Way to Photonic Interposers, Building Blocks for Short-Distance Optical Communication [slides]
Yvain Thonnart, CEA LETI

09:25 Germanium Receivers for Low Power Consumption Photonic Circuits
Laurent Vivien, CNRS

09:45 Opportunities and Obstacles of Monolithic III-V Integration on Silicon [slides]
Yoan Leger, CNRS – FOTON

10:05 Poster Presentations

10:30 Coffee Break and Poster Session

Session II: Applications of Silicon Photonics
Chair: Mahdi Nikdast, Polytechnique Montréal

11:00 Applications of CMOS-Compatible Integrated Photonics Beyond Interconnect and Telecom
Tom Claes, IMEC

11:20 Optics in Data Center Disaggregation [slides]
Alan Mickelson, University of Colorado Boulder

11:40 An Optical Parallel Adder Towards Light Speed Data Processing [slides]
Tohru Ishihara, Kyoto University

12:00 Lunch Break and Poster Session

Session III: Opportunities and Challenges
Chair:Jiang Xu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

13:00 Scaling Up Silicon Photonic Circuits: Where Are the Challenges? [slides]
Wim Bogaerts, Ghent University-IMEC

13:30 Impact of Planar Photonic Switch Architecture on Worse-Case Power Penalty [slides]
Sebastien Rumley, University of Columbia

13:50 Towards Accurate Silicon Photonics Platform Qualification for Static and Dynamic Purposes
Jean-Francois Carpentier, STMicroelectronics

14:10 Temperature Sensitivity Analysis and Power Consumption Optimization of Optical Networks-on-Chip [slides]
Yaoyao Ye, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

14:30 Coffee Break and Poster Session

Session IV: Design Automation and Methodologies
Chair: Sébastien Le Beux, Ecole Centrale de Lyon

15:00 Towards Electronic-Photonic Design Automation for Optical Interconnect Networks [slides]
Nikolay Karelin, VPIphotonics

15:20 Challenges for Mask Layout for Silicon Photonic Devices and Circuits [slides]
Marcel van der Vliet, PhoeniX

15:40 From Circuit-Level to Component-Level Simulation and Back - PDK Driven Design Automation [slides]
Jonas Flueckiger, Lumerical

16:00 Design Automation Beyond its Electronic Roots: Toward a Synthesis Methodology for Wavelength-Routed Optical Networks-on-Chip [slides]
Davide Bertozzi, University of Ferrara

16:20 Silicon Photonics Scalable Design Framework: From Design Concept to Physical Verification [slides]
Sarhan Hossam, Mentor Graphics

16:40 Panel Discussion on Silicon Photonics
Moderator: Jiang Xu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Laurent Vivien, CNRS
Marcel van der Vliet
, PhoeniX
Nikolay Karelin
, VPIphotonics
Wim Bogaerts
, Ghent University-IMEC
Bert Jan Offrein
, IBM Zurich Research Lab
Jean-Francois Carpentier
, STMicroelectronics

17:20 Concluding Remarks and Closing Session
Sébastien Le Beux, Ecole Centrale de Lyon

19:30 OPTICS Networking Event (Dinner)
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Technical Program Committee

Akihiko Shinya, NTT Basic Research Lab.
Alan Mickelson, University of Colorado Boulder
Ayse Coskun, Boston University
Daniel Chillet, INRIA
Davide Bertozzi, University of Ferrara
Fabiano Hessel, PUCRS
Ian O'Connor, Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Isabella Cerutti, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
John Ferguson, Mentor Graphics Corporation
Nikos Hardavellas, Northwestern University
Olivier Sentieys, INRIA - University of Rennes 1
Sandro Bartolini, University of Siena
Sebastien Rumley, University of Columbia
Yaoyao Ye, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Yvain Thonnart, CEA LETI