The Coming of Age of (Academic) Global Routing

Wire routing, an important step in modern VLSI design, is increasingly responsible for timing closure and manufacturability. The CAD community has witnessed remarkable improvements in speed and quality of global routing algorithms in response to the inaugural ISPD 2007 Global Routing Contest, where prizes were awarded for best results on a new set of large industry benchmarks.

In this paper, we review the state of the art in global routing and identify several critical techniques that distinguish top routing algorithms. We also discuss open challenges and offer predictions regarding the future of routing research.

By: Michael D. Moffitt; Jarrod A. Roy; Igor L. Markov

Published in: RC24509 in 2008


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