The emerging architecture for digital optical systems is of a two-dimensional pipelined structure, with regular arrays of logic elements at each stage being connected in a regular manner to elements in the next stage; the stages while regular need not be identical. The parallelism of such systems is best exploited by cellular applications; here the result of an element at a stage is dependent upon the element output in the previous stage and that of its neighbours from the previous stage. Some applications, such as Lee's algorithm and image processing operations, have been identified as being suited to this type of architecture. The aim of this project is to identify other cellular applications, and to investigate how they could be mapped onto such a pipelined architecture.
Reference: A. Warden, M.Sc. Thesis, University of Manchester, 1993