[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 2, No. 3 (1995) 189-193]
Real-Time Reconfigurable Interconnections for Parallel Optical Processing
Neil MCARDLE and Mohammad R. TAGHIZADEH
Department of Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland, U.K.
(Accepted March 31, 1995)
In this letter we describe the advantages of a dynamic optical interconnection system for parallel information processing applications. The system is based on a liquid crystal television which acts as a binary phase-only spatial light modulator. We describe example algorithms where reconfigurable interconnects would be useful and present results of several interconnection topologies which have been implemented.
Key words : optical computing, dynamic optical interconnections, parallel processing, liquid crystal spatial light modulators, phase-only modulation