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In this paper, we examine the relationship between netlist structure and the efficiency of placers measured in terms of quality and stability of results. We analyze three types of placers: analytic, simulated-annealing based, and partition based. We have tested these placers on industrial and synthetic benchmarks. Based on our observations and analyzes of experimental results, we draw several useful conclusions: 1) Various placers favor netlists with different structural characteristics; 2) placement efficiency correlates with interconnection complexity of the circuits; 3) global nets increase the effort to eliminate overlaps of cells and degrade the efficiency of analytic placers; and 4) global nets can improve placement stability of partition-based placers.
Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:24 , Issue: 5 )
Date of Publication: May 2005