A Multi-Scenario High-Level Synthesis Algorithm for Variation-Tolerant Floorplan-Driven Design


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E99-A    No.7    pp.1278-1293
Publication Date: 2016/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E99.A.1278
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Design Methodologies for System on a Chip)
high-level synthesis,  process variation,  interconnection delay,  distributed-register architecture,  scenario,  

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In order to tackle a process-variation problem, we can define several scenarios, each of which corresponds to a particular LSI behavior, such as a typical-case scenario and a worst-case scenario. By designing a single LSI chip which realizes multiple scenarios simultaneously, we can have a process-variation-tolerant LSI chip. In this paper, we propose a multi-scenario high-level synthesis algorithm for variation-tolerant floorplan-driven design targeting new distributed-register architectures, called HDR architectures. We assume two scenarios, a typical-case scenario and a worst-case scenario, and realize them onto a single chip. We first schedule/bind each of the scenarios independently. After that, we commonize the scheduling/binding results for the typical-case and worst-case scenarios and thus generate a commonized area-minimized floorplan result. At that time, we can explicitly take into account interconnection delays by using distributed-register architectures. Experimental results show that our algorithm reduces the latency of the typical-case scenario by up to 50% without increasing the latency of the worst-case scenario, compared with several existing methods.