Stochastic Interconnect Tree Construction Algorithm with Accurate Delay and Power Consideration

Yibo WANG  Yici CAI  Xianlong HONG  Yi ZOU  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E90-A   No.5   pp.1028-1037
Publication Date: 2007/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e90-a.5.1028
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: VLSI Design Technology and CAD
Keyword: 
interconnect optimization,  accurate delay model,  low power,  buffer insertion,  

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Summary: 
Buffer insertion plays a great role in modern global interconnect optimization. But too many buffers exhaust routing resources, and result in the rise of the power dissipation. Unfortunately, simplified delay models used by most of the present buffer insertion algorithms may introduce redundant buffers due to the delay estimation errors, whereas accurate delay models expand the solution space significantly, resulting in unacceptable runtime. Moreover, the power dissipation problem becomes a dominant factor in the state-of-the-art IC design. Not only transistor but also interconnect should be taken into consideration in the power calculation, which makes us have to use an accurate power model to calculate the total power dissipation. In this paper, we present two stochastic optimization methods, simulated annealing and solution space smoothing, which use accurate delay and power models to construct buffered routing trees with considerations of buffer/wire sizing, routing obstacles and delay and power optimization. Experimental results show our methods can save much of the buffer area and the power dissipation with better solutions, and for the cases with pins ≤ 15, the runtime of solution space smoothing is tens of times faster.