Circuit and Multi-Domain Simulation Workshop (CMS)



November 5th, 2009


DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose, CA, co-located with ICCAD’09.



Peng Li

Texas A&M University

L. Miguel Silveira

INESC ID/ISt - TU Lisbon, Portugal

Peter Feldmann

IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Special Thanks

Jaijeet Roychowdhury, UC Berkeley

Sani Nassif, IBM Austin Research Lab


Workshop Description

Simulation is a fundamental technique that facilitates understanding, analysis and design of an extremely broad range of circuits and systems, including integrated electronic circuits, other types of electrical systems, and mechanical, chemical and biological networks.  While a wealth of methods have evolved to serve a vast body of applications, there is an unsaturated demand for delivering higher accuracy, faster speed and novel analysis capabilities with the increase of design complexity, necessities in capturing increasingly complex device and system behaviors, and facilitating more efficient design verification and optimization. There exist significant challenges in developing simulation algorithms and implementations that deliver required efficiency and robustness across a wide spectrum of circuit/system types and at different levels of hierarchy. To address such challenges, it is likely that innovations in fundamental algorithm development, novel application of modeling techniques and paradigms shifts in implementation methodologies are required.

This workshop provides a forum for showcasing the latest developments and practices in simulation, interpreted in a broad sense, and covers topics such as (but not limited to):

·        SPICE/Analog/RF simulation algorithms

·        Techniques for analyzing  and verifying IC power grids

·        Smart grids and energy efficiency

·        System-level simulation and modeling of large interconnected networks

·        Modeling and simulation for emerging nano and bio applications

·        Advanced device modeling and its implications on circuit simulation

·        Massively parallel circuit simulation

·        Formal and semi-formal analog verification

·        Theory and practice of Fast SPICE

·        Model order reduction




8:25 – 8:30am Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:10am: Keynote I:

“Simulations for large scale electric energy systems: state of art methods and new challenges”
Marija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon University


Session I: Analysis and modeling of large interconnect systems

9:10 – 9:40am: “Power delivery stimulus: the ignored factor of power delivery simulation”

Eli Chiprout, Intel

9:40 – 10:10am: “Model order reduction:  what we have and what we still need”

Roland Freund, University of California, Davis


10:10 – 10:30am: Break/discussion


Session II: Advances in Analog Verification and Memory Analysis

10:30 – 11:00am:  “Analog verification”

Ken Kundert, Designer’s Guide Consulting

11:00 – 11:30am:  “Approaches to formal verification of analog circuits -- moving proof and completeness concepts towards transistor Level”

Lars Hedrich, Frankfurt University

11:30 – 12:00pm: “SRAM dynamic noise margins: concepts and analysis”

Peng Li, Texas A&M University


12:00 – 1:30pm: Lunch break


1:30-2:10pm: Keynote II:

“Intellectual recycling: adapting circuit and interconnect simulation techniques to nanotechnology and biological applications”

Jacob White, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Session III: Biological Network and System-level Simulation  

2:10 – 2:40pm: “BioXyce:  an engineering platform for the study of cellular systems”

Elebeoba May, Sandia National Labs

2:40 – 3:10pm: “Efficient simulation of coupled oscillator networks using phase macromodel”

Prateek Bhansali, University of California, Berkeley


3:10 – 3:40pm: Break/discussion


Session IV: Practices of Large-Scale Circuit Simulation and Device Modeling

3:40 – 4:10pm: “Introduction to fast-SPICE simulation”

Michal Rewienski, Synopsys

4:10pm – 4:40pm: “Large scale parallel circuit Simulation”

Eric Keiter and Heidi Thornquist, Sandia National Labs

4:40 – 5:10pm: “Recent trends in device modeling and their Impact on simulation”

Bruce McGaughy, ProPlus Design Solutions


5:10 – 5:20pm: Closing remarks



Advance registration: workshop only: $125;   with ICCAD registration: $100

Late/on-site registration: workshop only: $150;   with ICCAD registration: $125

Register through the ICCAD website.






ACM SIGDA Physical Design Technical Committee




Email Peng Lipli at tamu dot edu.