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Minimizing Sensitivity to Delay Variations in High-Performance Synchronous Circuits

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Minimizing Sensitivity to Delay Variations in High-Performance Synchronous Circuits
This paper investigates retiming and clock skew scheduling for improving the tolerance of synchronous circuits to delay variations. It is shown that when both long and short paths are considered, circuits optimized by the combined application of the two techniques are more tolerant to delay variations than when optimized by either of the two techniques separately. A novel mixed-integer linear programming formulation is given for simultaneous retiming and clock scheduling with a target clock period and tolerance under setup and hold constraints. Experiments with LGSynth93 and ISCAS89 benchmark circuits demonstrate the effectiveness of the combined optimization. For half of the test circuits, tolerance to delay variations increased by at least 23% over the separate application of retiming and clock scheduling. Moreover, for two thirds of the test circuits, maximum tolerance improved by at least 11%.
Xun Liu, Marios C. Papaefthymiou, Eby G. Friedman
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Authors Xun Liu, Marios C. Papaefthymiou, Eby G. Friedman
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