We describe the planned Alpha release of OpenROAD, an opensource end-to-end silicon compiler. OpenROAD will help realize the goal of "democratization of hardware design", by reducing cost, expertise, schedule and risk barriers that confront system designers today. The development of open-source, self-driving design tools is in and of itself a "moon shot" with numerous technical and cultural challenges. The open-source flowincorporates a compatible open-source set of tools that span logic synthesis, floorplanning, placement, clock tree synthesis, global routing and detailed routing. The flow also incorporates analysis and support tools for static timing analysis, parasitic extraction, power integrity analysis, and cloud deployment. We also note several observed challenges, or "lessons learned", with respect to development of open-source EDA tools and flows.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 56th Annual Design Automation Conference 2019, DAC 2019|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|State||Published - Jun 2 2019|
|Event||56th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2019 - Las Vegas, United States|
Duration: Jun 2 2019 → Jun 6 2019
|Name||Proceedings - Design Automation Conference|
|Conference||56th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2019|
|Period||6/2/19 → 6/6/19|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We thank Andreas Olofsson of DARPA for providing guidance. We also thank Colin Holehouse, Matteo Coltella and David Urquhart of ARM, and project PIs and participants at Qualcomm, UC San Diego and the University of Michigan. The OpenROAD project is supported by DARPA (HR0011-18-2-0032). Mr. Fogaça’s studies are financed by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001.
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