XT-PRAGGMA: Crosstalk Pessimism Reduction Accessible by GPU Gate-level Simulations and Machine Learning

Accurate crosstalk-aware timing analysis is critical in nanometer-scale process nodes. While today's VLSI flows rely on static timing analysis (STA) techniques to perform crosstalk-aware timing signoff, these techniques are limited due to their static nature as they use imprecise heuristics such as arbitrary aggressor filtering and simplified delay calculations. This paper proposes XT-PRAGGMA, a tool that uses GPU-accelerated dynamic gate-level simulations and machine learning to eliminate false aggressors and accurately predict crosstalk-induced delta delays. XT-PRAGGMA reduces STA pessimism and provides crucial information to identify crosstalk-critical nets, which can be considered for accurate SPICE simulation before signoff. The proposed technique is fast (less than two hours to simulate 30,000 vectors on million-gate designs) and reduces falsely-reported total negative slack in timing signoff by 70%.


Vidya Chhabria (University of Minnesota)
Sandeep Vollala (NVIDIA)
Sreedhar Patty (NVIDIA)
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