2009 Volume E92.A Issue 9 Pages 2369-2375
In modern VLSI physical design, huge integration scale necessitates hierarchical design and IP reuse to cope with design complexity. Besides, interconnect delay becomes dominant to overall circuit performance. These critical factors require some modules to be placed along designated boundaries to effectively facilitate hierarchical design and interconnection optimization related problems. In this paper, boundary constraints of general floorplan are solved smoothly based on the novel representation Single-Sequence (SS). Necessary and sufficient conditions of rooms along specified boundaries of a floorplan are proposed and proved. By assigning constrained modules to proper boundary rooms, our proposed algorithm always guarantees a feasible SS code with appropriate boundary constraints in each perturbation. Time complexity of the proposed algorithm is O(n). Experimental results on MCNC benchmarks show effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed method.