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SWARM: a novel methodology for integrated circuit layout automation based on principles of self-organization

  • After more than three decades of electronic design automation, most layouts for analog integrated circuits are still handcrafted in a laborious manual fashion today. This book presents Self-organized Wiring and Arrangement of Responsive Modules (SWARM), a novel interdisciplinary methodology addressing the design problem with a decentralized multi-agent system. Its basic approach, similar to the roundup of a sheep herd, is to let autonomous layout modules interact with each other inside a successively tightened layout zone. Considering various principles of self-organization, remarkable overall solutions can result from the individual, local, selfish actions of the modules. Displaying this fascinating phenomenon of emergence, examples demonstrate SWARM’s suitability for floorplanning purposes and its application to practical place-and-route problems. From an academic point of view, SWARM combines the strengths of procedural generators with the assets of optimization algorithms, thus paving the way for a new automation paradigm called bottom-up meets top-down.

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Author of HS ReutlingenMarolt, Daniel
Publisher:VDI Verlag
Place of publication:Düsseldorf
Referee:Jürgen ScheibleORCiD
Referee of HS Reutlingen:Scheible, Jürgen
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Publication year:2020
Tag:analog layout; electronic design automation; floorplanning; integrated circuits; multi-agent systems; optimization algorithms; procedural generators
Page Number:247
City of University:Stuttgart
Dissertation note:Dissertation, Universität Stuttgart, 2018
PPN:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
DDC classes:600 Technik, Technologie
Open access?:Nein