Photonic and Electronic Network Integration and Execution Simulator (PhoenixSim)

PhoenixSim 2.0 Announcement

We would like to thank you for your interest in PhoenixSim. Over the past several months, we have received a growing number of communications from researchers who are utilizing our simulator for their own projects. It has become clear to us that in order to support the continued growth of the simulation environment and the needs of other researchers that we will need to go through a moderate software development phase. Stay tuned for news on the next version of the simulator, PhoenixSim 2.0!

PhoenixSim is a simulation environment being developed by the Lightwave Research Laboratory for designing and analyzing the performance of photonic interconnection networks. PhoenixSim enables detailed studies of electronic networks, photonic networks, and hybrid networks (ones that leverage a combination of both technology domains). The simulator is highly extensible and is currently being used within the Lightwave Research Laboratory on projects for the design of on- and off-Chip photonic communications for multi-processor systems, and the design of nanophotonic optical broadband switches (NOBS).


Currently, the simulator supports the ability to model and characterize many important properties of photonic interconnection networks including propagation delay, insertion loss, extinction ratio, spectral resonant profiles, area occupation, and energy dissipation. Moreover, future extensions will support the modeling of thermal variations, optical nonlinearities, as well as three-dimensional integration. In the realm of electronics, the simulator includes a router model that can be used to model advanced electronic networks and hybrid networks.


PhoenixSim is developed in C++ on top of the OMNeT++ simulation platform.


If you have any comments or suggested features for PhoenixSim, please send us an email:

Photonic device modeling and photonic network, contact Johnnie Chan.

Electronic network and application modeling, contact Gilbert Hendry.


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