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A consumer report on BDD packages

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1 Author(s)
Janssen, G. ; IBM T. J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

BDD packages have matured to a state where they are often considered a commodity. Does this mean that all (publicly and commercially) available packages are equally good? Does this preclude any new developments? In this paper, we present a consumer report on 13 BDD packages and thereby try to answer these questions. We argue that there is a substantial spectrum in quality as measured by various metrics and we found that even the better packages do not always deploy the latest technology. We show how various design decisions underlying the studied packages exhibit themselves at the programming interface level, and we claim that this allows us to predict performance to a certain extent.

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Integrated Circuits and Systems Design, 2003. SBCCI 2003. Proceedings. 16th Symposium on

Date of Conference:

8-11 Sept. 2003