A survey on multi-net global routing for integrated circuits Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a comprehensive survey on global routing research over about the last two decades, with an emphasis on the problems of simultaneously routing multiple nets in VLSI circuits under various design styles. The survey begins with a coverage of traditional approaches such as sequential routing and rip-up-and-reroute, and then discusses multicommodity flow-based methods, which have attracted a good deal of attention recently. The family of hierarchical routing techniques and several of its variants are then overviewed, in addition to other techniques such as move-based heuristics and iterative deletion. While many traditional techniques focus on the conventional objective of managing congestion, newer objectives have come into play with the advances in VLSI technology. Specifically, the focus of global routing has shifted so that it is important to augment the congestion objective with metrics for timing and crosstalk. In the later part of this paper, we summarize the recent progress in these directions. Finally, the survey concludes with a summary of possible future research directions.[rule] 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Integration

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Hu, J., & Sapatnekar, S. S.

citation count

  • 55

complete list of authors

  • Hu, Jiang||Sapatnekar, Sachin S

publication date

  • November 2001