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Volume 31, Number 3, Page 391 (1987)
Computer-aided Design
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Parallel algorithms for chip placement by simulated annealing

by F. Darema, S. Kirkpatrick, V. A. Norton
We explore modifications to the standard simulated annealing method for circuit placement which make it more suitable for use on a shared-memory parallel computer. By employing chaotic approaches we allow the parallel algorithms to deviate from the algorithm defined for a serial computer and thus obtain good execution efficiencies for large numbers of processors. The qualitative behavior of the parallel algorithms is comparable to that of the serial algorithm.
Related Subjects: Algorithms; Computer-aided design; Design automation; Parallel processing