Title: Optimization of Placement Solutions for Routability
Authors: Liu, Wen-Hao
Koh, Cheng-Kok
Li, Yih-Lang
Department of Computer Science
Keywords: Placement;global routing;detailed routing;routability optimization
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: Routability has become a critical issue in VLSI design flow. To avoid producing an unroutable design, many placers [47] invoke global routers to get a congestion map and then move cells to reduce congestion based on this map. However, as cells move, the accuracy of the congestion map degrades, thereby affecting the effectiveness of the placer in minimizing congestions. Moreover, most global routers [8-13] ignore local congestion. If placers are guided by these routers, it may produce hard-to-route placement solutions in terms of detailed routing. This work develops a routability optimizer, called Ropt, to reduce both global and local routing congestion levels of a given placement. Based on a local-routability-aware routing model, Ropt builds a global routing instance to obtain global and local congestion information for guiding global re-placement. In addition, this work presents a new legalization scheme to preserve the global routing instance after legalization. Finally, local detailed placement further minimizes the local congestion and wirelength. For the evaluation of Ropt, we use an academic global router and a commercial router to obtain both global and detailed routing results, respectively. Experimental results reveal that Ropt can improve the routing quality (in terms of congestion, wirelength, and violation) and routing runtime of a given placement solution.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11536/23072
ISBN: 978-1-4503-2071-9
ISSN: 0738-100X
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