Masters Theses


"The speed of modern electronic computers has inherent design limitations which will soon be reached. A possible substitute is the optical computer. In this project, the feasibility of the optical computer is explored by designing and building a parallel optical system. This system is used to test the basic principles that would govern a parallel optical computer. The system is based on the principle of cellular automata, which is a simulation technique used to study interactions of objects in a system. The following goals were set. The system would be based on cellular automata. A one-dimensional array with nine cells, or data bits, in the array would be studied. The transition rules governing how the data is modified would be easy to change. Finally, the system would be as fully optical as possible, with electrical counterparts allowed as needed. These goals help steer the direction of the design, and are discussed in this thesis. The design is built, and test data is introduced to determine proper operation of the system"--Abstract, page ii.


Wu, Cheng Hsiao

Committee Member(s)

Watkins, Steve Eugene, 1960-
Parks, William F.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Summer 2000


vii, 33 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 31-32).


© 2000 Jason Robert Lane, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Parallel processing (Electronic computers)
Optical interconnects
Cellular automata

Thesis Number

T 7821

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