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Doctor of Philosophy


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Anestis Dounavis


This thesis attempts to address the computational demands of accurate modeling of high speed distributed networks such as interconnect networks and power distribution networks. In order to do so, two different approaches towards modeling of high speed distributed networks are considered. One approach deals with cases where the physical characteristics of the network are not known and the network is characterized by its frequency domain tabulated data. Such examples include long interconnect networks described by their Y parameter data. For this class of problems, a novel delay extraction based IFFT algorithm has been developed for accurate transient response simulation.

The other modeling approach is based on a detailed knowledge of the physical and electrical characteristics of the network and assuming a quasi transverse mode of propagation of the electromagnetic wave through the network. Such problems may include two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) power distribution networks with known geometry and materials. For this class of problem, a delay extraction based macromodeling approaches is proposed which has been found to be able to capture the distributed effects of the network resulting in more compact and accurate simulation compared to the state-of-the-art quasi-static lumped models. Furthermore, waveform relaxation based algorithms for parallel simulations of large interconnect networks and 2D power distribution networks is also presented. A key contribution of this body of work is the identification of naturally parallelizable and convergent iterative techniques that can divide the computational costs of solving such large macromodels over a multi-core hardware.