doi: 10.7873/DATE.2015.0603

A Fast Parallel Sparse Solver for SPICE-Based Circuit Simulators

Xiaoming Chena, Yu Wangb and Huazhong Yangc

Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.


The sparse solver is a serious bottleneck in SPICEbased circuit simulators. Although several existing researches have proposed some circuit simulation-oriented parallel solvers, there is still some room to improve the speed and scalability of these solvers. This paper proposes a fast parallel sparse solver based on a pivoting-reduction technique which takes full advantage of features of circuit simulation. Experimental results show that on average, the proposed solver is up to 50% faster than the state-of-the-art solver NICSLU, and up to 3.3× faster than KLU. Real DC simulation reveals that our solver is faster than NICSLU, PARDISO, and commercial solvers.

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