Optiwave Systems Inc.

Optiwave Systems Inc.

May 02, 2012 13:00 ET

Optiwave Introduces OptiSystem 11.0

Major Software Upgrade Utilizes GPU Acceleration to Radically Boost Simulation Speed for Optical Communication Systems Design

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - Optiwave Systems Inc., the leading provider of optical component and system design tools, today announced the immediate availability of OptiSystem 11.0, the latest version of its optical communication system design suite. This major release delivers two new key features: the introduction of large-scale parallel processing via a graphical processing unit (GPU) card for acceleration of computation-intensive scientific and engineering simulations; and the ability to perform automated co-simulation of optical and electronic designs using OptiSPICE (Optiwave's optoelectronic circuit simulator).

OptiSystem 11.0 employs Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) allowing programmers to take full advantage of the massive parallel computing power of an NVIDIA graphics card. "OptiSystem now has the ability to run simulations up to five times faster" said Dr. Jan Jakubczyk, President of Optiwave. "This dramatic speed increase will allow users to design, test, and simulate optical communication links in a fraction of the time."

CUDA uses a CPU and GPU together in a heterogeneous co-processing computing model, in which case, software functions are rewritten to expose parallelism and map compute-intensive kernels to the GPU. This allows sequential sections to be processed by the CPU and computationally-intensive parts to be run and accelerated by the GPU.

"With the adoption of CUDA for GPU processing, OptiSystem will continue to deliver industry leading accuracy with speed of analysis to research scientists and opto-electronic designers as they explore an ever increasing array of complex optical and electronic capabilities for optical communication and computing systems" said Marc Verreault, Director of Optical Systems at Optiwave. "GPU processing is now becoming the norm in many scientific and engineering disciplines. Our software team will continue to explore its rich feature set to ensure that we take full advantage of this powerful processing tool."

OptiSystem 11.0 also introduces the OptiSPICE Netlist component for connecting optoelectronic circuits to OptiSystem projects. This powerful feature allows users to import OptiSPICE designs such as laser drivers, electrical amplifiers, optical interconnects, electronic equalizers, and other opto-electronic circuits into the OptiSystem environment.

About Optiwave Systems Inc.

Optiwave (www.optiwave.com) is a leading provider of engineering design software products for photonic, biophotonic, and system design engineers. Optiwave provides a comprehensive variety of optical component and system design tools to hundreds of leading high-technology businesses and academic institutions. An established community of engineers and scientists in over fifty countries worldwide supports Optiwave's hallmark of achievements in Canadian business for over a decade.

Optiwave is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with an established distribution network throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. To download a free evaluation license, please visit Optiwave's online resource centre at www.optiwave.com.

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