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Re-architecting DRAM memory systems with monolithically integrated silicon photonics

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Re-architecting DRAM memory systems with monolithically integrated silicon photonics
The performance of future manycore processors will only scale with the number of integrated cores if there is a corresponding increase in memory bandwidth. Projected scaling of electrical DRAM architectures appears unlikely to suffice, being constrained by processor and DRAM pin-bandwidth density and by total DRAM chip power, including off-chip signaling, cross-chip interconnect, and bank access energy. In this work, we redesign the DRAM mainmemory system using a proposed monolithically integrated siliconphotonic technology and show that our photonically interconnected DRAM (PIDRAM) provides a promising solution to all of these issues. Photonics can provide high aggregate pin-bandwidth density through dense wavelength-division multiplexing. Photonic signaling provides energy-efficient communication, which we exploit to not only reduce chip-to-chip interconnect power but to also reduce cross-chip interconnect power by extending the photonic links deep into the actual PIDRAM chips. To...
Scott Beamer, Chen Sun, Yong-Jin Kwon, Ajay Joshi,
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where ISCA
Authors Scott Beamer, Chen Sun, Yong-Jin Kwon, Ajay Joshi, Christopher Batten, Vladimir Stojanovic, Krste Asanovic
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