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Parallel Circuit Simulation: A Historical Perspective and Recent Developments

Peng Li, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA, pli@tamu.edu
 
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Peng Li (2012), "Parallel Circuit Simulation: A Historical Perspective and Recent Developments", Foundations and TrendsĀ® in Electronic Design Automation: Vol. 5: No. 4, pp 211-318. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/1000000020

Published: 13 Apr 2012
© 2012 P. Li
 
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Circuit Level Design
 

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In this article:
1 Introduction
2 Classifications of Parallel Simulation Methods
3 Parallel Direct Methods
4 Parallel Relaxation Methods
5 Parallel Domain Decomposition Methods I
6 Parallel Domain Decomposition Methods II
7 Parallel Time-Domain Simulation Using Advanced Numerical Integration Techniques
8 Time-Domain Multialgorithm Parallel Circuit Simulation
9 Elements of Fast-SPICE Simulation Techniques
10 Parallel Circuit Simulation on Heterogeneous Platforms
11 Conclusions
Acknowledgments
References

Abstract

Transistor-level circuit simulation is a fundamental computer-aided design technique that enables the design and verification of an extremely broad range of integrated circuits. With the proliferation of modern parallel processor architectures, leveraging parallel computing becomes a necessity and also an important avenue for facilitating large-scale circuit simulation. This monograph presents an in-depth discussion on parallel transistor-level circuit simulation algorithms and their implementation strategies on a variety of hardware platforms. While providing a rather complete perspective on historical and recent research developments, this monograph highlights key challenges and opportunities in developing efficient parallel simulation paradigms.

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Table of contents:
1: Introduction
2: Classifications of Parallel Simulation Methods
3: Parallel Direct Methods
4: Parallel Relaxation Methods
5: Parallel Domain Decomposition Methods I
6: Parallel Domain Decomposition Methods II
7: Parallel Time-Domain Simulation Using Advanced Numerical Integration Techniques
8: Time-Domain Multi-Algorithm Parallel Circuit Simulation
9: Elements of Fast-SPICE Simulation Techniques
10: Parallel Circuit Simulation on Heterogeneous Platforms
11: Conclusions
Acknowledgements
References

Parallel Circuit Simulation

The ability to predict circuit performance through simulation is at the core of any design process; it makes the implementation of complex integrated circuits technically feasible and economically viable while relaxing any heavy need for prototyping. Transistor-level circuit simulation is a fundamental computer-aided design technique that enables the design and verification of an extremely broad range of integrated circuits. With the proliferation of modern parallel processor architectures, leveraging parallel computing becomes a necessity and also an important avenue for facilitating large-scale circuit simulation. Parallel Circuit Simulation: A Historical Perspective and Recent Developments presents an in-depth discussion on parallel transistor-level circuit simulation algorithms and their implementation strategies on a variety of hardware platforms. While providing a rather complete perspective on historical and recent research developments, it also highlights key challenges and opportunities in developing efficient parallel simulation paradigms.

 
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