A 3D IC Designs Partitioning Algorithm with Power Consideration

A 3D IC Designs Partitioning
Algorithm with Power
Ho-Lin Chang, Hsiang-Cheng Lai,
Tsu-Yun Hsueh, Wei-Kai Cheng,
Mely Chen Chi
Department of Information and Computer Engineering, CYCU
Problem Description
Power Estimation
Partition Algorithm
Experiment Results
• 3D stacking technology is likely to become a popular trend in 3D IC
designs. It has several advantages [2-6].
– higher integration density
– higher performance
– Lower power consumption
• In order to supply power to every layer from the power/ground pads, which
are located on the bottom layer, power TSVs are needed.
– A power TSV is a TSV used only for transporting power.
– There is a maximum power allowed for one power TSV.
• The total number of power TSVs in the circuit will be less if the higher
layers consume less power than the lower layers.
Problem Description
• Input
Gate level netlist
Number of layers of the 3D IC(k)
Operating frequency of each primary input
Supply voltages
Standard cell library
TSV cells
Power density constraints of some layer of 3D IC
• Objective
– Partition the netlist into k layer to minimize the total number of TSVs( Signal
and power TSVs) and area overhead under the designed power density
Problem Description
• AreaOverhead
AreaOverhead = ((
x K ) – Aorigional ) / Aorigional
– Where
is the maximum area of layer among all layers,
– Aorigional is the total Area of origional 2D design that dosen’t containt TSV’s.
• Power density
Power_density =

• Face to back stacking style
• I/O Pads are all located at the first layer
Power Estimation
Power Estimation
The average power model consists of the following factors:
1. the total power of the input pins of the standard cells,
2. the total capacitive loading of the output pins of the standard cells,
3. the total power consumption of the I/O pads,
4. the total power of storage elements (e.g. D-type flip-flops) for data retention,
5. the operating frequency and the supply voltage of all the cells.
It can be calculated with the following equation:
PowerAVG = Powercore +PowerPAD
Power Estimation
The current core I for the core and the current PAD I for the pads are
The total number of power/ground pads required by core and I/O pads are
(The area of these pads will be added on the first layer )
Where Ilimit_pad is the maximum current allowed of a P/G pad.
The number of power TSVs required by the layer i is
Where Ilimit_TSV is the maximum current allowed of a power TSV.
Partition Algorithm
Initial Partitioning
3D-Aware k-layer-Partitioning
and uncoarsening
Layer Swapping
Area Overhead Refinement
Partition Algorithm
• Coarsening
– Visit a net and choose the least pin number cell of the net.
– Made pair with everyone other cells in the net
• Build EIA Table (External net , Internal net , Area ) by each pair
For net 5, choose C4 and make pair (C4,C6)
E = 2, I =2, Area = Area(C4) + Area(C6)
Visit another net until all nets have been visited.
Sort the EIA Table by less external nets, more internal nets, and smaller area.
Coarsen the pair in the EIA Table sequentially.
Multilevel coarsening.
Partition Algorithm
• Initial Partitioning
– Place all module on the first layer
– Successively Move the module with maximum gain to the next upper layer
until Afirst layer ≤ Aavg
– Apply an area constraint FM algorithm.
Partition Algorithm
• 3D-Aware k-layer-Partitioning and uncoarsening
gain = size of old cut set – size of new cut set
– (1) simultaneous k-way partition
– (2) successive two-way partition for k layers with Power density constraints.
• Record each state satisfied Power density constraint
• The state with least partial sum will be chosen as the result of the partition
Partition Algorithm
• Layer Swapping
– k! permutations among all layer
– Calculate the power TSVs and signal TSVs among all layer
– Record the result of the minimum total TSVs
Partition Algorithm
• Area Overhead Refinement
– Move cells of zero gain with the largest layer area to smaller area layer
– Update area comparison during each cell move
– Stop when no more zero gain cells in the largest area layer
Experiment Results
Experiment Results
Ex_hMetis is provide by [6]
Experiment Results
Experiment Results
Experiment Results
• This paper present an efficient algorithm to partition a circuit
into k layers under power density constraints.
• Use multilevel structure and successive 2-way partition to
minimize number of TSVs and area overhead.
• This result are better than all teams in the IC/CAD 2011
contest in Taiwan.
• The successive 2-way partition method is superior tho the
extened hMetis method in terms of both the number of TSVs
and run Time.

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