ToPoliNano and fiction: Design Tools for Field-coupled Nanocomputing

Umberto Garlando, Marcel Walter, Robert Wille, Fabrizio Riente, Frank Sill Torres, Rolf Drechsler

In: Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD). Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD-2020) August 26-28 Portoro¸, Slovenia 2020.


Field-coupled Nanocomputing (FCN) is a computing concept with several promising post-CMOS candidate implementations that offer tremendously low power dissipation and highest processing performance at the same time. Two of the manifold physical implementations are Quantum-dot CellularAutomata (QCA) and Nanomagnet Logic(NML). Both inherently come with domain-specific properties and design constraints that render established conventional design algorithms inapplicable. Accordingly, dedicated design tools for those technologies are required. This paper provides an overview of two leading examples of such tools, namely fictionand ToPoliNano. Both tools provide effective methods that cover aspects such as placement, routing, clocking, design rule checking, verification, and logical as well as physical simulation. By this, both freely available tools provide platforms for future research in the FCN domain.

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz