Chapter 1. Introduction

Dan Oh and Chuck Yuan

Computing devices, such as computer servers, workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and smart phones, have become increasingly more powerful with each new generation of semiconductor process. Thanks to Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years [1], there is not only more functionality available for a given device, but also an increase in performance. To keep up with the increase in performance, the data communication speed between the components of the computing device has also been increasing, rising from a few hundred Mb/s in the early 1990s to several Gb/s in 2008. It is projected that data communication rates will soon increase to tens ...

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