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Propelling SAT-Based Debugging Using Reverse Domination

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Executive Summary

With the growing complexity of VLSI designs, functional debugging has become a bottleneck in modern CAD flows. To alleviate this cost, various SAT-based techniques have been developed to automate bug localization in the RTL. In this paper, dominance relationships between circuit blocks have been recently shown to reduce the number of SAT solver calls, using the concept of solution implications. This paper first introduces the dual concepts of reverse domination and non-solution implications. A SAT solver is tailored to leverage reverse dominators for the early on-the-fly detection of bug-free components. These are non-solution areas and their early pruning significantly reduces the debugging search-space.

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