Greedy wire-sizing is linear time

C. C. N. Chu*, M. D. F. Wong

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The greedy wire-sizing algorithm (GWSA) has been experimentally shown to be very efficient, but no mathematical analysis on its convergence rate has ever been reported. In this paper, we consider GWSA for continuous wire sizing. We prove that GWSA converges linearly to the optimal solution, which implies that the run time of GWSA is linear with respect to the number of wire segments for any fixed precision of the solution. Moreover, we also prove that this is true for any starting solution. This is a surprising result because previously it was believed that in order to guarantee convergence, GWSA had to start from a solution in which every wire segment is set to the minimum (or maximum) possible width. Our result implies that GWSA can use a good starting solution to achieve faster convergence. We demonstrate this point by showing that the minimization of maximum delay and the minimization of area subject to maximum delay bound using Lagrangian relaxation can be sped up by more than 50%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-405
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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