Making cyclic circuits acyclic

Edwards, Stephen A.

Cyclic circuits that do not hold state or oscillate are often the most convenient representation for certain functions, such as arbiters, and can easily by produced inadvertently in high-level synthesis, yet are troublesome for most circuit analysis tools. This paper presents an algorithm that generates an acyclic circuit that computes the same function as a given cyclic circuit for those inputs where the cyclic circuit does not oscillate or hold state. The algorithm identifies all patterns on inputs and internal nodes that lead to acyclic evaluation orders for the cyclic circuit, which are represented as acyclic circuit fragments, and then combines these to produce an acyclic circuit that can exhibit all of these behaviors. Experiments results suggest this potentially exponential algorithm is practical for small circuits and may be improved to handle larger circuits. This algorithm should make dealing with cyclic combinational circuits nearly as easy as dealing with their acyclic counterparts.



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Proceedings 2003: Design Automation Conference: 40th DAC: Anaheim Morial Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, June 2-6, 2003

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June 7, 2012