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A Necessary and Sufficient Timing Assumption for Speed-Independent Circuits

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3 Author(s)
Keller, S. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA ; Katelman, M. ; Martin, A.J.

This paper presents a proof that the adversary path timing assumption is both necessary and sufficient for correct SI circuit operation. This assumption requires that the delay of a wire on one branch of a fork be less than the delay through a gate sequence beginning at another branch in the same fork. Both the definition of the timing assumption and the proof build on a general, formal notion of computation given with respect to production rule sets. This underlying framework can be used for a variety of proof efforts or as a basis for defining other useful notions involving asynchronous computation.

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Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, 2009. ASYNC '09. 15th IEEE Symposium on

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17-20 May 2009