Floorplanning using a tree representation: A summary

T. Takahashi*, P. N. Guo, C. K. Cheng, T. Yoshimura

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    We present an ordered tree (O-tree) structure to represent nonslicing floorplans. The O-tree uses only n (2 + [lg n]) bits for a floorplan of n rectangular blocks. We define an admissible placement as a compacted placement in both X and y directions. For each admissible placement, we can find an O-tree representation. We show that the number of possible O-tree combinations is 0(n!2 2n-2/n 1.5). This is very concise compared to a sequence pair representation that has O((n!) 2) combina-tions. The approximate ratio of sequence pair and O-tree combinations is O(n 2(n/4e) n). The complexity of an O-tree is even smaller than a binary tree structure for a slicing floorplan that has O(n!2 5n-3/n 1.5) combinations. Given an O-tree, it takes only linear time to construct the placement and its constraint graph. We have developed a deterministic floorplanning algorithm utilizing the structure of O-tree. Empirical results on MCNC (www.mcnc.org) benchmarks show promising performance with average 16% improvement in wire length and 1% less dead space over the previous central processing unit (CPU) intensive cluster refinement method.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-29
    Number of pages4
    JournalIEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)
    • Hardware and Architecture


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