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OCS in Datacenter Architecture Papers

This page showcases several presentations and research papers presenting use cases for Optical Circuit Switches in data centers and super computing networks. In most cases the documents are downloadable, however a few exceptions require purchase from IEEE due to copyright restrictions.

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c-Through: Part-time Optics in Data Centers

Sigcomm 2010: Guohui Wang, David G. Andersen, Michael Kaminsky, Konstantina Papagiannaki, T.S. Eugene Ng, Michael Kozuch, and Michael Ryan

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Helios: A Hybrid Electrical/Optical Switch Architecture for Modular Data Centers

Nathan Farrington, George Porter, Sivasankar Radhakrishnan,
Hamid Hajabdolali Bazzaz, Vikram Subramanya, Yeshaiahu Fainman, George Papen, and Amin Vahdat. University of California, San Diego

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Programming Your Network at Run-time for Big Data Applications

Guohui Wang, T. S. Eugene Ngy, Anees Shaikh (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Rice University)

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A disruptive trend in large scale datacenter networks – wire the datacenter and buy core switches once only?

Dr. Eugen Schenfeld. IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

Presented at the plenary session of the 9th International Conference on Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics (PPAM) in Torun, Poland, September, 2011. The video of Dr. Schenfeld’s presentation may be viewed by clicking here

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The Emerging Optical Data Center

OFC 2011, Los Angeles, CA. Amin Vahdat, Hong Liu, Wendy Zhao, and Chris Johnson (Google/UC San Diego).

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Proteus: A Topology Malleable Data Center Network

Ankit Singlay, Atul Singhz, Kishore Ramachandranz, Lei Xuz, and Yueping Zhangz (University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, IL, USA, NEC Labs America, Inc., Princeton, NJ, USA) Presented at Hotnets 2010, Monterey, CA, USA.

Abstract: Full-bandwidth connectivity between all servers of a data center may be necessary for all-to-all traffic patterns, but such interconnects suffer from high cost, complexity, and energy consumption. Recent work has argued that if allto- all traffic is uncommon, oversubscribed network architectures that can adapt the topology to meet traffic demands, are sufficient. In line with this work, we propose Proteus1, an all-optical architecture targeting unprecedented topology flexibility, lower complexity and higher energy efficiency.

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A reconfigurable interconnect fabric with optical circuit switch and software optimizer for stream computing systems

L. Schares, X.J. Zhang, R. Wagle, D. Rajan, P. Selo, S.P. Chang, J. Giles, K. Hildrum, D. Kuchta, J. Wolf, E. Schenfeld (IBM – T. J. Watson Research Center, University of Illinois). Presented at OFC 2009.

Abstract: An optical circuit switched network using a 3D-MEMS crossbar is demonstrated in adatacenter-scalable stream processing system. We developed a complete software control, routing and scheduling framework to interconnect clusters of blade servers. Note: Due to copyright restrictions this publication must be purchased from IEEE. Please contact CALIENT to request information.

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Your Data Center Is a Router: The Case for Reconfigurable Optical Circuit Switched Paths

Guohui Wang, David G. Andersen, Michael Kaminsky, Michael Kozuch, T. S. Eugene Ng, Konstantina Papagiannaki, Madeleine Glick, Lily Mummert. (Rice University, Carnegie Mellon University, Intel Labs Pittsburgh).

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On The Feasibility of Optical Circuit Switching for High Performance Computing Systems

Presented at Supercomputing 2005 Conference, Seattle WA. Kevin J. Barker, Alan Benner, Ray Hoare, Adolfy Hoisie, Alex K. Jones, Darren J. Kerbyson, Dan Li, Rami Melhem, Ram Rajamony, Eugen Schenfeld, Shuyi Shao, Craig Stunkel, Peter Walker. (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Los Alamos National Laboritory, University of Pittburgh Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Dept. of Computer Science). Note: Due to copyright restrictions this publication must be purchased from IEEE. Note: Due to copyright restrictions this publication must be purchased from IEEE. Please contact CALIENT to request information.

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Annealed Embeddings of Communication Patterns in an Interconnection Cached Network

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS, VOL. 6, NO. 11, NOVEMBER 1995. Vipul Gupta and Eugen Schenfeld. Note: Due to copyright restrictions this publication must be purchased from IEEE. Please contact CALIENT to request information.

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