ECO-System: Embracing the Change in Placement

J.A. Roy, I.L. Markov
2007 IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems  
In a realistic design flow, circuit and system optimizations must interact with physical aspects of the design. For example, improvements in timing and power may require replacing large modules with variants that have different power/delay trade-off, shape and connectivity. New logic may be added late in the design flow, subject to interconnect optimization. To support such flexibility in design flows we develop a robust system for performing Engineering Change Orders (ECOs). In contrast with
more » ... isting stand-alone tools that offer poor interfaces to the design flow and cannot handle a full range of modern VLSI layouts, our ECO-system reliably handles fixed objects and movable macros in instances with widely varying amounts of whitespace. It detects geometric regions and sections of the netlist that require modification and applies an adequate amount of change in each case. Given a reasonable initial placement, it applies minimal changes, but is capable of re-placing large regions to handle pathological cases. ECO-system can be used in the range from high-level synthesis, to physical synthesis and detail placement. Macro move, HPWL = 10.08e8 Greedy legalization, HPWL = 10.55e8 ECO-system, HPWL = 9.85e8 ECO-system with routable whitespace, HPWL = 9.92e8
doi:10.1109/tcad.2007.907271 fatcat:kjyxwow53je6llnfki7gcegope