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Ripple

Ripple is a VLSI placement tool developed by the research team supervised by Prof. Evangeline F.Y. Young in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
Circuits with increasing numbers of cells of multi-row height have brought challenges to traditional placers on efficiency and effectiveness. Besides providing an overlap-free solution close to the global placement (GP) solution, constraints on power and ground (P/G) alignments, fence region, and routability (e.g., edge spacing, pin short/inaccessible) should be considered. To tackle the challenges, we design and implement several efficient and effective data structures and algorithms under a holistic framework:

  • a legalization method for mixed-cell-height circuits by a window-based cell insertion technique,
  • an iterative network-flow-based maximum displacement optimizations,
  • a dual-network-flow-based fixed-row-and-order optimization,
  • ...

More details are in the following papers:

1. How to Build

Step 1: Download the source codes. For example,

$ git clone https://github.com/cuhk-eda/ripple

Step 2: Go to the project root and build by

$ cd ripple/src
$ make mode=release

2. License

READ THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT. BY USING THIS PRODUCT YOU INDICATE YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF THE FOLLOWING AGREEMENT. THESE TERMS APPLY TO YOU AND ANY SUBSEQUENT LICENSEE OF THIS PRODUCT.

License Agreement for Ripple

Copyright (c) 2021, The Chinese University of Hong Kong All rights reserved.

CU-SD LICENSE (adapted from the original BSD license) Redistribution of the any code, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the conditions below are met.

  1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

  2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

  3. Neither the name nor trademark of the copyright holder or the author may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

  4. Users are entirely responsible, to the exclusion of the author, for compliance with (a) regulations set by owners or administrators of employed equipment, (b) licensing terms of any other software, and (c) local, national, and international regulations regarding use, including those regarding import, export, and use of encryption software.

THIS FREE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR OR ANY CONTRIBUTOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, EFFECTS OF UNAUTHORIZED OR MALICIOUS NETWORK ACCESS; PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

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