Moderator: John Shalf (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL))
Panelists: Keren Bergman (Columbia University), Mark Wade (Ayar Labs), Gordon Keeler (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)), Larry Dennison (NVIDIA Corporation), Richard Carlson (DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research), Fabrizio Petrini (Intel Corporation), Mike Haney (University of Southern California (USC))
Abstract: Photonic components have been the technology just around the corner for a decade now. While optical network fibers are rapidly gaining traction in system networks, the question now shifts to shorter distances. Emerging silicon photonics make large promises in drastically increasing chip escape bandwidth density, reducing latency, and in many cases reducing energy per bit. But will error rates wipe out any potential benefits? Do we have to redesign our system or re-write parts of our applications? This panel brings together experts from industry and academia to share their views on how we can design systems around emerging silicon photonics, what their current level of maturity is, and what the future holds for silicon photonics in HPC.