W01 The 5th International Workshop on Optical/Photonic Interconnects for Computing Systems (OPTICS)

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General Co-Chairs

Jiang Xu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK (Contact Jiang Xu)
Mahdi Nikdast, Colorado State University, US (Contact Mahdi Nikdast)
Gabriela Nicolescu, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, CA (Contact Gabriela Nicolescu)

Programme Committee Chair

Sébastien Le Beux, Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology, FR (Contact Sébastien Le Beux)

Programme Committee Members

Alan Mickelson, University of Colorado Boulder, US (Contact Alan Mickelson)
Ayse Coskun, Boston University, US (Contact Ayse Coskun)
Davide Bertozzi, University of Ferrara, IT (Contact Davide Bertozzi)
Edoardo Fusella, University of Naples Federico II, IT (Contact Edoardo Fusella)
Ian O'Connor, Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology, FR (Contact Ian O'Connor)
Laurent Vivien, CNRS, FR (Contact Laurent Vivien)
Nikos Hardavellas, Northwestern University, US (Contact Nikos Hardavellas)
Olivier Sentieys, INRIA, FR (Contact Olivier Sentieys)
Sandro Bartolini, University of Siena, IT (Contact Sandro Bartolini)
Sebastien Rumley, University of Columbia, US (Contact Sebastien Rumley)
Tohru Ishihara, Kyoto University, JP (Contact Tohru Ishihara)
Yaoyao Ye, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CN (Contact Yaoyao Ye)
Yoan Léger, CNRS – FOTON, FR (Contact Yoan Léger)

Call for Participation and Poster

In Conjunction with Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference
29th March 2019, Florence, Italy

As Moore's Law is slowing down, an exploration of alternative technologies are developed to replace traditional CMOS-based architectures at the heart of data processing. Moreover, stringent application constraints on massive data transfers in data centers, artificial intelligence systems, and embedded high-performance computing (eHPC), requires new communication-centric systems with novel interconnect technologies. Silicon photonics is a prime candidate to achieve this thanks to its compatibility with CMOS fabrication process, scalability, and growing maturity. OPTICS aims at discussing the most recent advances in silicon photonics for computing systems, covering topics from the device fabrication all the way up to the system-level design through circuit optimization with Electronic-Photonic Design Automation (EPDA). The workshop is of interest to researchers working on silicon photonics, high-performance computing systems and EDA/EPDA. It is comprised of invited talks of the highest caliber from industry and academia addressing most recent outcomes. Ideas and new opportunities are discussed during a panel and a refereed poster presentations session highlights works-in progress.

Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to:

  • EPDA (Electronic-Photonic Design Automation): non-uniformity/thermal aware design, floor-planning, crosstalk-aware interconnects modeling and simulation, etc.
  • Inter/Intra-chip Interconnects: hybrid optical-electronic interconnects, passive/active-based optical switched networks, communication protocols, I/O design etc.
  • Applications: embedded high-performance computing, data center, reservoir computing, all-optical logic gates, etc.
  • Silicon Photonics Devices and Circuits: circuit demonstrator, on-chip lasers, photodetectors, electro-optic modulators, optical switches, athermal devices, etc.

You are invited to participate and submit your contributions to OPTICS. In addition to invited talks, extended abstracts (upto one page with author bio) should be emailed to the Program Chair. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed. Accepted abstracts will be presented at posters. The submission and notification deadlines are as follows.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 15th November 2018
Acceptance notification: 25th Nobember 2018

General Chairs

Jiang Xu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Mahdi Nikdast, Colorado State University
Gabriela Nicolescu, Polytechnique Montréal

Program Chair

Sébastien Le Beux, Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology


07:30W01.1Registration Desk opens
08:30W01.2Workshops start
10:00W01.3Coffee break 1
12:00W01.4Lunch break
14:30W01.5Coffee break 2
17:00W01.6Workshops end