Asynchronous, Pipeline, Self Resetting, Static Self Resetting, SRSL, Clockless
As designers began to pack multi-million transistors onto a single chip, their reliance on a global clocking signal to orchestrate the operations of the chip has started to face almost insurmountable difficulties. As a result, designers started to explore clockless circuits to avoid the global clocking problem. Recently, self-resetting circuits implemented in dynamic logic families have been proposed as viable clockless alternatives. While these circuits can produce excellent performances, they display serious limitations in terms of area cost and power consumption. A middle-of-the-road alternative, which can provide a good performance and avoid the limitations seen in dynamic self-resetting circuits, would be to implement self-resetting behavior in static circuits. This alternative has been introduced recently as Self-Resetting Stage Logic and used to propose three types of clockless pipelines. Experimental studies show that these pipelines have the potential to produce high throughputs with a minimum area overhead if a suitable synthesis methodology is available. This thesis proposes a novel synthesis methodology to design and verify clockless pipelines implemented in SRSL by taking advantage of the maturity of current CAD tools. This methodology formulates the synthesis problem as a combinatorial analytical problem for which a run-time efficient exact solution is difficult to derive. Consequently, a two-phase algorithm is proposed to synthesize these pipelines from gate netlists subject to user-specified constraints. The first phase is a heuristic based on the as-soon-as-possible scheduling strategy in which each gate of the netlist is assigned to a single pipeline stage without violating the period constraint of each pipeline stage. On the other hand, the second phase consists of a heuristic, based on the Kernighan-Lin partitioning strategy, to minimize the number of nets crossing each pair of adjacent pipeline stages. The objective of this optimization is to reduce the number of latches separating pipeline stages since these latches tend to occupy large areas. Experiments conducted on a prototype of the synthesis algorithm reveal that these self-resetting stage logic pipelines can easily reach throughputs higher than 1 GHz. Furthermore, these experiments reveal that the area overhead needed to implement the self-resetting circuitry of these pipelines can be easily amortized over the area of the logic embedded in the pipeline stages. In the overall, the synthesis methods developed for SRSL produce low area overhead pipelines for wide and deep gate netlists while it tends to produce high throughput pipelines for wide and shallow gate netlists. This shows that these pipelines are mostly suitable for coarse-grain datapaths.
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Master of Science in Computer Engineering (M.S.Cp.E.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Oreifej, Rashad, "Synthesis Of Self-resetting Stage Logic Pipelines" (2006). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1108.