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A novel net weighting algorithm for timing-driven placement

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1 Author(s)
T. Kong ; Aplus Design Technol. Inc., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Net weighting for timing-driven placement has been very popular in industry and academia. It has various advantages such as low complexity, high flexibility and ease of implementation. Existing net weighting algorithms, however, are often ad-hoc. There is generally no known good net weighting algorithms. In this paper, we present a novel net weighting algorithm based on the concept of path-counting, and apply it in a timing-driven FPGA placement application. Theoretically this is the first ever known accurate, all-path counting algorithm. Experimental data shows that compared with the weighting algorithm used in state-of-the-art FPGA placement package VPR (A. Marquardt et al, ACM Symp. on FPGAs, pp. 203-213, 2000), this new algorithm can achieve the longest path delay reduction of up to 38.8%, 15.6% on average with no runtime overhead and only a 4.1% increase in total wirelength.

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Computer Aided Design, 2002. ICCAD 2002. IEEE/ACM International Conference on

Date of Conference:

10-14 Nov. 2002