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SWARM : a multi-agent system for layout automation in analog integrated circuit design

  • Despite 30 years of Electronic Design Automation, analog IC layouts are still handcrafted in a laborious fashion today due to the complex challenge of considering all relevant design constraints. This paper presents Self-organized Wiring and Arrangement of Responsive Modules (SWARM), a novel approach addressing the problem with a multi-agent system: autonomous layout modules interact with each other to evoke the emergence of overall compact arrangements that fit within a given layout zone. SWARM´s unique advantage over conventional optimization-based and procedural approaches is its ability to consider crucial design constraints both explicitly and implicitly. Several given examples show that by inducing a synergistic flow of self-organization, remarkable layout results can emerge from SWARM’s decentralized decision-making model.

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Name:Marolt, Daniel; Scheible, Jürgen
Erschienen in:Agent and Multi-Agent Systems : Technology and Applications ; 10th KES International Conference, KES-AMSTA 2016 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, June 2016 Proceedings
Place of publication:Cham
Editor:Gordan Jezic
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Publication:2016
Tag:analog layout; constraint-driven design; electronic design automation; integrated circuits; parameterized cells; self-organization
First Page:15
Last Page:31
Dewey Decimal Classification:620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und Maschinenbau
Open Access:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Lizenzbedingungen Springer