The Design Automation Technical Committee (DATC) is a technical committee of the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA). Its mission is to provide a forum for discussion of strategic and topical issues in design automation, including coordinating efforts to produce publicly available design flows and test cases and to arrange workshops, meetings, activities, and publications on related topics.


OpenDesign Flow Database: The Infrastructure for VLSI Design and Design Automation Research


Victor N. Kravets, IBM Research, USA

Laleh Behjat, University of Calgary, Canada

Yih-Lang Li, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan


Gi-Joon Nam, IBM Research


In recent years, there has been a slew of design automation contests and released benchmarks. Past examples include ISPD place & route contests, DAC placement contests, timing analysis contests at TAU, and CAD contests at ICCAD. Additional contests are planned for upcoming conferences. These are interesting and important events that stimulate the research of the target problems and advance the cutting edge technologies. Nevertheless, most contests focus only on the point tool problems and fail in addressing the design flow or co-optimization among design tools. OpenDesign Flow Database platform is developed to direct attention to the overall design flow from logic design to physical synthesis to manufacturability optimization. The goals are to provide 1) an academic reference design flow based on past CAD contest results, 2) the database for design benchmarks and point tool libraries, and 3) standard design input/output formats to build a customized design flow by composing point tool libraries.


[1] Iris Hui-Ru Jiang, Gi-Joon Nam, Jinwook Jung, Victor N. Kravets, Laleh Behjat, and Yih-Lang Li “OpenDesign flow database: The infrastructure for VLSI design and design automation research,” in Proc. IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD-2016), Austin, TX, USA, Nov. 2016.