Xplace: An Extremely Fast and Extensible Global Placement Framework

Lixin Liu, Bangqi Fu, Martin D.F. Wong, Evangeline F.Y. Young

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Placement serves as a fundamental step in VLSI physical design. Recently, GPU-based global placer DREAMPlace[1] demonstrated its superiority over CPU-based global placers. In this work, we develop an extremely fast GPU accelerated global placer Xplace which achieves around 2x speedup with better solution quality compared to DREAMPlace. We also plug a novel Fourier neural network into Xplace as an extension to further improve the solution quality. We believe this work not only proposes a new, fast, extensible placement framework but also illustrates a possibility to incorporate a neural network component into a GPU accelerated analytical placer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 59th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391429
StatePublished - Jul 10 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event59th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2022 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2022Jul 14 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


Conference59th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation


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