An Improved Algorithm for Drift Diffusion Transport and Its Application on Large Scale Parallel Simulation of Resistive Random Access Memory Arrays

Da Wei Wang, Wenchao Chen, Wen Sheng Zhao, Guo Dong Zhu, Zhen Guo Zhao, Jose E. Schutt-Aine, Wen Yan Yin

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A hybrid finite volume-finite element method which can avoid overestimation of volume shared by each vertex in the meshing grid is proposed to solve the diffusive transport governed continuity equation. The simulation results demonstrate that the improved algorithm can eliminate unphysical distortions as compared to the conventional Scharfetter Gummel method. Based on the proposed algorithm, a parallel-computation simulator is developed for large-scale electrothermal simulation of resistive random access memory (RRAM) arrays, in which the domain decomposition method and J parallel adaptive unstructured mesh applications infrastructure are adopted. The validity, speedup, and scalability of the parallel simulator are investigated on the TianHe-2 supercomputer. Based on the simulated results, the electrothermal characteristics and reliability analysis of large-scale RRAM arrays are investigated in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8656503
Pages (from-to)31273-31285
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Access
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Domain decomposition method (DDM)
  • drift diffusion
  • electrothermal modeling and simulation
  • finite element method (FEM)
  • finite volume method (FVM)
  • reliability
  • resistive random access memory (RRAM)
  • thermal crosstalk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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