GCS: High-Performance Gate-Level Simulation With GPGPUs

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Executive Summary

In recent years, the verification of digital designs has become one of the most challenging, time consuming and critical tasks in the entire hardware development process. Within this area, the vast majority of the verification effort in industry relies on logic simulation tools. However, logic simulators deliver limited performance when faced with vastly complex modern systems, especially synthesized netlists. The consequences are poor design coverage, delayed product releases and bugs that escape into silicon. Thus, the authors developed a novel GPU-accelerated logic simulator, called GCS, optimized for large structural netlists.

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