BoA-PTA, A Bayesian Optimization Accelerated Error-Free SPICE Solver

31 Jul 2021  ·  Wei W. Xing, Xiang Jin, Yi Liu, Dan Niu, Weishen Zhao, Zhou Jin ·

One of the greatest challenges in IC design is the repeated executions of computationally expensive SPICE simulations, particularly when highly complex chip testing/verification is involved. Recently, pseudo transient analysis (PTA) has shown to be one of the most promising continuation SPICE solver. However, the PTA efficiency is highly influenced by the inserted pseudo-parameters. In this work, we proposed BoA-PTA, a Bayesian optimization accelerated PTA that can substantially accelerate simulations and improve convergence performance without introducing extra errors. Furthermore, our method does not require any pre-computation data or offline training. The acceleration framework can either be implemented to speed up ongoing repeated simulations immediately or to improve new simulations of completely different circuits. BoA-PTA is equipped with cutting-edge machine learning techniques, e.g., deep learning, Gaussian process, Bayesian optimization, non-stationary monotonic transformation, and variational inference via parameterization. We assess BoA-PTA in 43 benchmark circuits against other SOTA SPICE solvers and demonstrate an average 2.3x (maximum 3.5x) speed-up over the original CEPTA.

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