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Circuit width, register allocation, and ordered binary decision diagrams
By: Berman, C.L.;
1991 / IEEE
This item was taken from the IEEE Periodical ' Circuit width, register allocation, and ordered binary decision diagrams ' The relationship between two important means of representing Boolean functions, combinational circuits and ordered binary decision diagrams (OBDDs), is studied. Circuit width is related to OBDD size. and it is shown how algorithms for register allocation can be used to determine a good variable order for OBDD construction. In particular, it is shown that if C has n inputs, moutputs, and width w(C), then there is a variable ordering for which the directed-acyclic-graph-based representation for C has at most n*m*2/sup w(C)/ modes. Since the width of a circuit is closely related to the number of registers required to evaluate the circuit, the result indicates that register allocation techniques can be used to compute good variable orderings. How these ideas can be used in decomposing a function either for representation as a set of OBDDs or for implementation in a cascode technology is outlined. A class of multioutput functions, which includes addition, whose members have particularly small OBDDs is characterized.<
Components, Circuits, Devices And Systems
Computing And Processing
Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams