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Minimizing the number of paths in BDDs: Theory and algorithm

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2 Author(s)
Fey, G. ; Inst. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Bremen, Germany ; Drechsler, R.

The complexity of circuit and systems design increases rapidly. Therefore, a main focus of research in the area of electronic-design automation are efficient algorithms and data structures. Among these, binary decision diagrams (BDDs) have been used in a wide variety of applications and were intensively studied from a theoretical point of view. But mostly, when complexity issues were considered, only the number of nodes in a BDD has been analyzed. Here, we study minimizing the number of paths in BDDs from a theoretical and a practical point of view. Connections to different areas in computer-aided design are outlined, theoretical studies are carried out, and an algorithm to minimize the number of paths is presented. Experimental results show the efficiency of the algorithm.

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Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 1 )