Abstract

We describe a high-performance associative-memory system that can be implemented by means of an optical disk modified for parallel readout and a custom-designed silicon integrated circuit with parallel optical input. The system can achieve associative recall on 128 × 128 bit images and also on variable-size subimages. The system’s behavior and performance are evaluated on the basis of experimental results on a motionless-head parallel-readout optical-disk system, logic simulations of the very-large-scale integrated chip, and a software emulation of the overall system.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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