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This paper presents a satisfiability-based method for solving the board-level multiterminal net routing problem in the digital design of clos-folded field-programmable gate array (FPGA) based logic emulation systems. The approach transforms the FPGA board-level routing task into a Boolean equation. Any assignment of input variables that satisfies the equation specifies a valid routing. We use two of the fastest Boolean satisfiability (SAT) solvers: Chaff and DLMSAT to perform our experiments. Empirical results show that the method is time-efficient and applicable to large layout problem instances.
Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:11 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication: June 2003