Efficient Cellular Automata Algorithms for Planar Graph
and VLSI Layout Homotopic Compaction

Fawaz S. Al-Anzi

Department of Computer Engineering, Kuwait University

P.O. Box 5969, Safat, Postal Code 13060 Kuwait

Email: alanzif@eng.kuniv.edu.kw 



One-dimensional homotopic compaction is defined as; In a given routable layout, a layout of minimum width is reachable by operations that can move each module horizontally as a unit, also deform lines maintaining their connections and maintain their routability. This paper exploits the nature of parallelism of this problem and introduces an efficient cellular automata algorithm for homotopic compaction of layouts of planar graphs and VLSI circuits. The proposed algorithm inputs a bitmap representation of a routable initial layout and produces a feasible layout of minimum width. The proposed algorithm achieves a speed up of O(N2logN) over the best known sequential algorithm. It also solves the problem of automatic jog introduction effectively.  The algorithm is implemented on CAM6, a cellular automata machine developed by Tom Toffoli [19] at MIT. The proposed algorithm has good performance measures in terms of total area, total wire length, total number of bends and module distribution of a layout. The implementation objectives of minimizing the number of bits per processing element and reducing the time complexity of the overall task are also studied.  The results show that the compacted bitmap representation of a planar graph, and hence a VLSI layout, is a potential approach to high performance computing in CAD environments by using a cellular automata machine as an inexpensive accelerator.

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