Enabling High-Dimensional Bayesian Optimization for Efficient Failure Detection of Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2019 Association for Computing Machinery. With increasing design complexity and stringent robustness requirements in application such as automotive electronics, analog and mixed-signal (AMS) verification becomes a key bottleneck. Rare failure detection in a high-dimensional parameter space using minimal expensive simulation data is a major challenge.We address this challenge under a Bayesian learning framework using Bayesian optimization (BO).We formulate the failure detection as a BO problem where a chosen acquisition function is optimized to select the next (set of) optimal simulation sampling point(s) such that rare failures may be detected using a small amount of data. While providing an attractive black-box solution to design verification, in practice BO is limited in its ability in dealing with high-dimensional problems. We propose to use random embedding to effectively reduce the dimensionality of a given verification problem to improve both the quality of BO-based optimal sampling and computational efficiency. We demonstrate the success of the proposed approach on detecting rare design failures under high-dimensional process variations which are completely missed by competitive smart sampling and BO techniques without dimension reduction.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hu, H., Li, P., & Huang, J. Z.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Hu, Hanbin||Li, Peng||Huang, Jianhua Z

publication date

  • June 2019