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An RTL design-space exploration method for high-level applications

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3 Author(s)
Peng-Cheng Kao ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China ; Chih-Kuang Hsieh ; Wu, A.C.H.

In this paper, we present an RTL design-space exploration method for high-level applications. We formulate the RTL design-space exploration into a performance-driven module selection problem. We devise a dynamic programming algorithm to solve the problem. We present an exploration flow by integrating commercial synthesis and layout tools with our proposed method. Experimental results have demonstrated that generating an AT-curve for all modules is the most time consuming task in the design-space exploration process. Using the proposed 3-point AT projection approach, our method can achieve on an average of 80% speed-up in run time and 90% accuracy in design estimation

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Design Automation Conference, 2001. Proceedings of the ASP-DAC 2001. Asia and South Pacific

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