A Fast Hierarchical Algorithm for Three-Dimensional Capacitance Extraction Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors present a new algorithm for computing the capacitance of three-dimensional electrical conductors of complex structures. The new algorithm is significantly faster and uses much less memory than previous best algorithms and is kernel independent. The new algorithm is based on a hierarchical algorithm for the n-body problem and is an acceleration of the boundary element method (BEM) for solving the integral equation associated with the capacitance extraction problem. The algorithm first adaptively subdivides the conductor surfaces into panels according to an estimation of the potential coefficients and a user-supplied error bound. The algorithm stores the potential coefficient matrix in a hierarchical data structure of size O(n), although the matrix is size n 2 if expanded explicitly, where n is the number of panels. The hierarchical data structure allows the multiplication of the coefficient matrix with any vector in O(n) time. Finally, a generalized minimal residual algorithm is used to solve m linear systems each of size n n in O(mn) time, where m is the number of conductors. The new algorithm is implemented and the performance is compared with previous best algorithms for the k k bus example. The new algorithm is 60 times faster than FastCap and uses 1/80 of the memory used by FastCap. The results computed by the new algorithm are within 2.5% from that computed by FastCap. The new algorithm is 5 to 150 times faster than the commercial software QuickCap with the same accuracy.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Shi, W., Liu, J., Kakani, N., & Yu, T.

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • Shi, Weiping||Liu, Jianguo||Kakani, Naveen||Yu, Tiejun

publication date

  • January 2002