Case study for placement solutions in ISPD11 and DAC12 routability-driven placement contests

Wen Hao Liu*, Cheng Kok Koh, Yih-Lang Li

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Abstract

Routability is a critical issue in VLSI design flow. To address this issue, the routability-driven placement contests [1, 2] held at ISPD11 and DAC12 promote the development of routability-driven placers such as those in [4-6]. ISPD11 and DAC12 contests adopt metrics that are based on global routing solutions to evaluate the routability of placement solutions. However, such global-routing-based metrics typically ignore local congestion, and they cannot evaluate the actual routability effectively. In this work, we develop a translator that allows us to feed the placement solutions of mPL [3], NTUplace [4], Ripple [5], and SimPLR [6] into a commercial router for detailed routing. We then analyze the detailed routing result of each placement solution to better understand the issues that may cause routing violations. Moreover, we examine the suitability of using the ISPD11 and DAC12 metrics in predicting routability. Our findings indicated that the metrics might not reliably predict actual routability, in terms of the number of (detailed) routing violations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISPD 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM International Symposium on Physical Design
Pages114-119
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Mar 2013
Event2013 ACM International Symposium on Physical Design, ISPD 2013 - Stateline, NV, United States
Duration: 24 Mar 201327 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Symposium on Physical Design

Conference

Conference2013 ACM International Symposium on Physical Design, ISPD 2013
CountryUnited States
CityStateline, NV
Period24/03/1327/03/13

Keywords

  • Detailed routing
  • Global routing
  • Placement
  • Routability

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