02LVNOV, 02LVNOQ

A.A. 2021/22

Course Language

Inglese

Course degree

Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Ingegneria Informatica (Computer Engineering) - Torino

Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Ingegneria Elettronica (Electronic Engineering) - Torino

Course structure

Teaching | Hours |
---|---|

Lezioni | 30 |

Esercitazioni in aula | 10 |

Esercitazioni in laboratorio | 20 |

Tutoraggio | 20 |

Teachers

Teacher | Status | SSD | h.Les | h.Ex | h.Lab | h.Tut | Years teaching |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Calimera Andrea | Professore Associato | ING-INF/05 | 20 | 10 | 20 | 0 | 10 |

Teaching assistant

Context

SSD | CFU | Activities | Area context |
---|---|---|---|

ING-INF/05 | 6 | B - Caratterizzanti | Ingegneria informatica |

2021/22

The course is taught in English.
This course introduces the basic concepts of synthesis and optimization of CMOS digital circuits.

This course introduces the basic concepts of synthesis and optimization of CMOS digital circuits. Specifically, the objective is to learn the methodological flows, the techniques, and the heuristic approaches implemented in today's design flows. Starting from the behavioral description of a design, the goal is to introduce the hierarchical organization of the main optimization stages and loops, showing how an abstract HDL description is mapped onto a real silicon technology. The course is taught in English.

- Knowledge of Electronic Design Automation flows with particular emphasis on synthesis and optimization techniques;
- Modeling of digital circuits and abstract data structures used in CAD tools;
- Knowledge of behavioral- and logic-level synthesis methodologies;
- Understanding of the main optimization techniques and their algorithms for different cost functions (Area, Delay, Power consumption)
- Practical skills in commercial synthesis tools, industrial deep-submicron CMOS technologies and TCL scripting language

- Knowledge of Electronic Design Automation flows with particular emphasis on synthesis and optimization techniques;
- Modeling of digital circuits and abstract data structures used in EDA tools;
- Knowledge of behavioral- and logic-level synthesis methodologies;
- Understanding of the main optimization techniques and their algorithms for different cost functions (Area, Delay, Power consumption)
- Practical skills in commercial synthesis tools, industrial deep-submicron CMOS technologies and TCL scripting language

- Software programming (data structures and algorithms)
- Basics of digital electronics (CMOS and logic circuits, computer architecture)
- Hardware description languages (Verilog/VHDL)

- Software programming (data structures and algorithms)
- Basics of digital electronics (CMOS and logic circuits, computer architecture)
- Hardware description languages (Verilog/VHDL)

- Introduction to electronic design automation for digital circuits and basic concepts behind synthesis and optimization (1 credit)
- Computer-aided design methods, techniques and algorithms at different levels of abstraction (3 credits):
o Synthesis and optimizations algorithms at the behavioral level (Scheduling, Sharing and binding algorithms)
o Synthesis and optimizations algorithms at the logic level (Boolean and Algebraic methods)
o Technology mapping (Boolean and Structural matching)
- Computer-aided design for low-power circuits (2 credits):
o Power modeling
o Low-power design techniques at behavioral and logic level

- Introduction to electronic design automation for digital circuits and basic concepts behind synthesis and optimization (1 credit)
- Computer-aided design methods, techniques and algorithms at different levels of abstraction (3 credits):
* Synthesis and optimizations algorithms at the behavioral level (Scheduling, Sharing and binding algorithms)
* Synthesis and optimizations algorithms at the logic level (Boolean and Algebraic methods)
* Technology mapping (Boolean and Structural matching)
- Computer-aided design for low-power circuits (2 credits):
* Power modeling
* Low-power design techniques at behavioral and logic level

The course includes both exercises during regular classes and lab practices.
Exercises: will cover the main theoretical aspects introduced in the course.
Lab practice (groups of 2-3 students): aim at providing students with technical skills on industrial CAD tools for the design of digital circuits, like synthesis tools at physical, logical and behavioral level, simulators, tools for power analysis, area and delay estimation; the scripting language TCL will be introduced as the main interface to those tools.

- The course includes both exercises during regular classes and lab practices.
- Theory: All the theoretical aspects will be introduced during the regular classes [ ~33h]
- Exercises: will show numerical examples of the main techniques and algorithms introduced during the classes [~9h].
- Lab practice (groups of 2-3 students): aim at providing students with technical skills on industrial EDA tools and commercial CMOS libraries for the design of digital circuits, like synthesis tools at logical and behavioral level, simulators, tools for power analysis, area and delay estimation; the scripting language TCL will be introduced as the main interface to those tools.

Class handouts and additional material will be made available on the course webpage. User guides for lab sessions will be made available as well.
Main reference book: G. De Micheli, Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 1994.

Class handouts and additional material will be made available on the course webpage. User guides for lab sessions will be made available as well.
Main reference book: G. De Micheli, Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 1994.

The exam consists of two parts. The first one (70% of the final score) is a written test including both numerical exercises and open-answer questions. The time allowed for the test is 2 hours, closed books; the maximum score for this part is 27 points.
The second part (30% of the final score) consists of a group project in which some of the techniques described in the course will be implemented on the EDA framework used during the lab sessions; the maximum score for this project is 3 points. The final score is the sum of the score obtained in the two parts.

Gli studenti e le studentesse con disabilità o con Disturbi Specifici di Apprendimento (DSA), oltre alla segnalazione tramite procedura informatizzata, sono invitati a comunicare anche direttamente al/la docente titolare dell'insegnamento, con un preavviso non inferiore ad una settimana dall'avvio della sessione d'esame, gli strumenti compensativi concordati con l'Unità Special Needs, al fine di permettere al/la docente la declinazione più idonea in riferimento alla specifica tipologia di esame.

The exam consists of two parts. The first one (80% of the final score) is a written test including both numerical exercises and open-answer questions. The time allowed for the test is 2 hours, closed books; the maximum score for this part is 23 points.
The second part (20% of the final score) consists of two group projects in which some of the techniques described in the course will be implemented on the EDA framework used during the lab sessions; the maximum score for this project is 6 points (3 points X 2projects). The final score is the sum of the score obtained in the two parts.

In addition to the message sent by the online system, students with disabilities or Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) are invited to directly inform the professor in charge of the course about the special arrangements for the exam that have been agreed with the Special Needs Unit. The professor has to be informed at least one week before the beginning of the examination session in order to provide students with the most suitable arrangements for each specific type of exam.

The exam includes two main mandatory parts. The first one (70% of the final score) is a written test including both numerical exercises and open-ended questions on the technical topics introduced during the course (format: multiple choice and open-ended questions using the online platform Exam integrated with proctoring tools Respondous). The time allowed for the test is 1.5 hours, closed books; the maximum score for this part is 27 points. The second part (30% of the final score) consists of a group project in which some of the techniques described in the course will be implemented on the EDA framework used during the lab sessions; the maximum score for this project is 3 points. The final score is the sum of the score obtained in the two parts.

The exam consists of two parts. The first one (80% of the final score) is a written test including both numerical exercises and open-answer questions. The time allowed for the test is 2 hours, closed books; the maximum score for this part is 23 points.
The second part (20% of the final score) consists of two group projects in which some of the techniques described in the course will be implemented on the EDA framework used during the lab sessions; the maximum score for this project is 6 points (3 points x 2projects). The final score is the sum of the score obtained in the two parts.

The exam includes two main mandatory parts. The first one (70% of the final score) is a written test including both numerical exercises and open-ended questions on the technical topics introduced during the course (format: multiple choice and open-ended questions using the online platform Exam integrated with proctoring tools Respondous). The time allowed for the test is 1.5 hours, closed books; the maximum score for this part is 27 points. The second part (30% of the final score) consists of a group project in which some of the techniques described in the course will be implemented on the EDA framework used during the lab sessions; the maximum score for this project is 3 points. The final score is the sum of the score obtained in the two parts.

The exam consists of two parts. The first one (80% of the final score) is a written test including both numerical exercises and open-answer questions. The time allowed for the test is 2 hours, closed books; the maximum score for this part is 23 points.
The second part (20% of the final score) consists of two group projects in which some of the techniques described in the course will be implemented on the EDA framework used during the lab sessions; the maximum score for this project is 6 points (3 points x 2projects). The final score is the sum of the score obtained in the two parts.

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