A Logic Programming Framework for Combinational Circuit Synthesis [article]

Paul Tarau, Brenda Luderman
2008 arXiv   pre-print
Logic Programming languages and combinational circuit synthesis tools share a common "combinatorial search over logic formulae" background. This paper attempts to reconnect the two fields with a fresh look at Prolog encodings for the combinatorial objects involved in circuit synthesis. While benefiting from Prolog's fast unification algorithm and built-in backtracking mechanism, efficiency of our search algorithm is ensured by using parallel bitstring operations together with logic variable
more » ... lity propagation, as a mapping mechanism from primary inputs to the leaves of candidate Leaf-DAGs implementing a combinational circuit specification. After an exhaustive expressiveness comparison of various minimal libraries, a surprising first-runner, Strict Boolean Inequality "<" together with constant function "1" also turns out to have small transistor-count implementations, competitive to NAND-only or NOR-only libraries. As a practical outcome, a more realistic circuit synthesizer is implemented that combines rewriting-based simplification of (<,1) circuits with exhaustive Leaf-DAG circuit search. Keywords: logic programming and circuit design, combinatorial object generation, exact combinational circuit synthesis, universal boolean logic libraries, symbolic rewriting, minimal transistor-count circuit synthesis
arXiv:0804.2095v1 fatcat:lvpawqzg25flzo6fjjkbafy2ie