DATC RDF-2019: Towards a complete academic reference design flow

Jianli Chen, Iris Hui Ru Jiang, Jinwook Jung, Andrew B. Kahng, Victor N. Kravets, Yih Lang Li, Shih Ting Lin, Mingyu Woo

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Abstract

We describe a new RDF-2019 release of the IEEE CEDA DATC Robust Design Flow (RDF). RDF-2019 enhances the DATC RDF to span the entire RTL-to-GDS IC implementation flow, from logic synthesis to detailed routing. The new release represents a significant revision of the previously-reported RDF-2018 flow. Noteworthy vertical extensions include addition of logic synthesis starting from pure behavioral RTL Verilog RTL; floorplanning that includes initial DEF creation, I/O placement and PDN layout generation; and clock tree synthesis between placement legalization and global routing. A number of horizontal extensions to RDF are achieved by incorporating additional tool options at the static timing analysis, global placement, gate sizing, and detailed routing stages of the flow. Further, for the first time, multiple open-source realizations of the entire RDF tool chain are available. Last, RDF-2019 provides significantly enhanced support of and interoperability with industry-standard tools and design formats (LEF/DEF, SPEF, Liberty, SDC, etc.). We illustrate the configuration and use of RDF-2019, with example results on open as well as commercial design enablements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2019 - Digest of Technical Papers
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728123509
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2019
Event38th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2019 - Westin Westminster, United States
Duration: 4 Nov 20197 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Digest of Technical Papers, ICCAD
Volume2019-November
ISSN (Print)1092-3152

Conference

Conference38th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2019
CountryUnited States
CityWestin Westminster
Period4/11/197/11/19

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    Chen, J., Jiang, I. H. R., Jung, J., Kahng, A. B., Kravets, V. N., Li, Y. L., Lin, S. T., & Woo, M. (2019). DATC RDF-2019: Towards a complete academic reference design flow. In 2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2019 - Digest of Technical Papers [8942120] (IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Digest of Technical Papers, ICCAD; Vol. 2019-November). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCAD45719.2019.8942120