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Yang Cai, D. F. Wong, Jason Cong, "Channel Density Minimization by Pin Permutation", VLSI Design, vol. 2, Article ID 068279, 13 pages, 1994. https://doi.org/10.1155/1994/68279
Channel Density Minimization by Pin Permutation
We present in this paper a linear time optimal algorithm for minimizing the density of a channel (with exits) by permuting the terminals on the two sides of the channel. This compares favorably with the previously known near-optimal algorithm presented in  that runs in superlinear time. Our algorithm has important applications in hierarchical layout design of intergrated circuits. We also show that the problem of minimizing wire length by permuting terminals is NP-hard in the strong sense.
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