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ABSTRACT: Future many core processors will require energy-efficient, high-throughput on-chip networks. Silicon-photonics is a promising new interconnect technology which offers lower power, higher bandwidth density, and shorter latencies than electrical interconnects. In this paper we explore using photonics to implement low-diameter non-blocking crossbar and Clos networks. We use analytical modeling to show that a 64-tile photonic Clos network consumes significantly less optical power, thermal tuning power, and area compared to global photonic crossbars over a range of photonic device parameters. Compared to various electrical on-chip networks, our simulation results indicate that a photonic Clos network can provide more uniform latency and throughput across a range of traffic patterns while consuming less power. These properties will help simplify parallel programming by allowing the programmer to ignore network topology during optimization. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (awards W911NF-08-1-0134 and W911NF-08-1-0139) Intel Corp.