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DAG-Aware AIG Rewriting Alan Mishchenko, Satrajit Chatterjee, Robert BraytonDepartment of EECS, University of California Berkeley

Presented by Rozana Bashir

Date 04/02/06


  • Introduction

  • Basic Definitions

  • Previous work

  • Proposed technique of AIG Rewriting

  • Experimental Results

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of AIG Rewriting

  • Conclusion

  • References


  • AIG – Representation of combinational logic using a network of two input ANDs and Inverters

  • DAG Aware AIG Rewriting – A technique for the optimization of multi-level logic networks during the logic synthesis

  • Traditional Combinational Logic Synthesis – SIS, MVSIS


    • Relies on trial and error of optimization scripts

    • Improvements measured using the reduction of literals in the factored forms of the node SOPs

    • Complicated and hard to implement

    • Since traditional synthesis involves the computation of internal don’t cares, it is slow.

DAG-Aware AIG Rewriting

  • Proposed technique- DAG Aware AIG Rewriting [1]

    • Optimizes the multi-level logic networks

    • Technique for preprocessing combinational logic before technology mapping

    • Optimization works as follows

      • By alternating the DAG aware AIG rewriting that reduces the area by sharing the common logic without increasing delay

      • By alternating AIG balancing that minimizes delay without increasing area

  • Why is the AIG Rewriting DAG aware?

    • Because it makes use of logic sharing

Basic Definitions

  • CUT – A cut C of node n is a set of nodes of the network, called leaves, such that each path from PIs to n passes through at least one leaf

    • Trivial CUT – The node itself is a trivial cut of the node

    • K-feasible CUT – If the number of node in a cut does not exceed K, then the cut is K-feasible

  • Level of a node – Length of the longest path from any PI to the node

  • Network depth – Largest level of an internal node in the network

  • NPN equivalent – Two boolean functions F & G are said to be NPN equivalent if F can be derived from G by negating and permuting the inputs and then negating the outputs

Previous work

  • In [2] , rewriting in two phases

    • In the first phase, all two level AIG sub-graphs are pre-computed and stored in a hash table (by their functionality) containing all non-redundant AIG.

    • The second phase involves the traversing the AIG of the circuit in a topological order

      • The two level AIG subgraph is found at each node and its boolean function is computed.

      • The computed function is used to access the hash table to find and replace the current subgraph in the circuit with equivalent subgraphs that leads to largest improvement in the number of nodes

      • Zero cost replacements- If none of the new subgraphs leads to improvement but a new graph that keeps the number of nodes constant is used for rewriting

        • The zero cost replacements is a heuristic method that may lead to improvements in subsequent rewriting

























A simple example of AIG rewriting

Subgraph 1

Subgraph 2

Subgraph 1

Subgraph 2

Subgraph 3





Subgraph 2

Subgraph 1

Figure 1. Examples of different AND-Inverter structures for the same function

Figure 2. A simple example of AIG rewriting ( one node less in each case)

AIG Subgraphs for the function F = abc

Proposed technique of AIG Rewriting

  • Improvements compared to the previous work

    • Use of 4-input cuts instead of two-level subgraphs

    • Delay aware AIG rewriting by improving the number of logic levels

    • Variations of AIG rewriting – minimization of area and delay is taken into account

      • AIG refactoring

      • AIG balancing

Using 4-input cuts

  • All 4-input cuts of all nodes are found for the purpose of AIG rewriting

    • 4-variable functions can be manipulated faster because they are stored using 16-bit bitstrings representing truth table

  • For each cut, the boolean function is computed and its NPN-equivalence class is determined by a table look-up

  • The new subgraph that leads to the largest improvement at a node is chosen

  • If there is no improvement but the zero placements are enabled, a new subgraph that does not increase the number of node is used

  • Using 4-input cuts, instead of the two-level subgraphs extends the scope of rewriting

    • For each cut, there are an average of three 4-feasible cuts, instead of just one

      two-level subgraph

    • For each cut, we can try on an average of 5 different subgraphs

Delay-aware AIG rewriting

  • An incremental computation of the slacks at each internal AIG node is performed

    • Slack at a node – Largest increase of its level that does not lead to an increase in level of POs

  • After trying each new subgraph, the level of the root node is computed using the slack

  • If the resulting increase in the number of the AIG levels exceeds the slack, the subgraph replacement is not accepted

  • Slack is incrementally updated after the subgraph replacement

Variations of AIG rewriting

  • AIG refactoring – tries to recover area

    • Rewriting technique for processing subgraphs with more than four inputs or with larger cuts

    • One K-feasible cut is computed for all AIG node

      • The CUT is selected heuristically such that the number of CUT leaves is minimized while the number of reconvergent paths covered by the CUT is maximized

    • The boolean function of the CUT is computed using BDDs and converted into SOP

    • The SOP is factored, resulting in an AIG subgraph that is processed during AIG rewriting

  • AIG balancing – tries to recover delay

    • The associative transform a(bc) = (ab)c = (ac)b is applied at each node to reduce the number of AIG levels

    • Interleaving AIG balancing with AIG rewriting or refactoring is a very good heuristic approach

A realistic example of AIG rewriting

  • ISCAS benchmark s27.blif

  • Triangles stand for PIs/Pos; rectangles denote latch outputs/inputs

  • Bubbles denote two-input ANDs; the dotted edges have complemented attributes


3-node 3-level subgraph

4-node 3-level subgraph


Experimental Results

  • AIG Rewriting technique is implemented in the ABC tool - A System for Sequential Synthesis and Verification

  • Experiments were conducted on several sets of benchmark circuits and the AIG Rewriting is compared with the traditional logic synthesis tools, SIS and MVSIS

  • The resulting netlists were verified using a SAT based equivalence checker

  • Results shows that the AIG Rewriting is better than SIS and MVSIS in terms of both Area and Delay

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Advantages of AIG rewriting compared to the traditional logic synthesis

    • It is much simpler

    • It is faster

  • Disadvantages of AIG rewriting compared to the traditional logic synthesis

    • Improvements are measured by counting the total number of AIG nodes and the maximum number of AIG levels. A direct translation between these two cost functions leads to distortion


  • AIG Rewriting is much faster compared to SIS and MVSIS

  • AIG Rewriting also recovers area

  • The proposed technique has a potential for replacing the traditional logic synthesis in the CAD tools



[1] A. Mishchenko, S. Chatterjee, and R. Brayton, "DAG-aware AIG rewriting: A fresh look at combinational logic synthesis", Accepted to DAC '06, Department of EECS, University of California, Berkeley.

[2] P. Bjesse and A. Boralv, "DAG-aware circuit compression for formal verification", Proc. ICCAD '04, pp. 42-49

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