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Symbolic Boolean manipulation with ordered binarydecision diagrams
 ACM COMPUTING SURVEYS
, 1992
"... Ordered BinaryDecision Diagrams (OBDDS) represent Boolean functions as directed acyclic graphs. They form a canonical representation, making testing of functional properties such as satmfiability and equivalence straightforward. A number of operations on Boolean functions can be implemented as grap ..."
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Ordered BinaryDecision Diagrams (OBDDS) represent Boolean functions as directed acyclic graphs. They form a canonical representation, making testing of functional properties such as satmfiability and equivalence straightforward. A number of operations on Boolean functions can be implemented as graph algorithms on OBDD
Symmetry Detection and Dynamic Variable Ordering of Decision Diagrams
, 1996
"... Knowing that some variables are symmetric in a function has numerous applications; in particular, it can help produce better variable orders for Binary Decision Diagrams (BDDs) and related data structures (e.g., Algebraic Decision Diagrams). It has been observed that there often exists an optimum ..."
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Knowing that some variables are symmetric in a function has numerous applications; in particular, it can help produce better variable orders for Binary Decision Diagrams (BDDs) and related data structures (e.g., Algebraic Decision Diagrams). It has been observed that there often exists an optimum order for a BDD wherein symmetric variables are contiguous. We propose a new algorithm for the detection of symmetries, based on dynamic reordering, and we study its interaction with the reordering algorithm itself. We show that combining sifting with an efficient symmetry check for contiguous variables results in the fastest symmetry detection algorithm reported to date and produces better variable orders for many BDDs. The overhead on the sifting algorithm is negligible. 1
Implementation of an efficient parallel BDD package
 In DAC
, 1996
"... Large BDD applications push computing resources to their limits. One solution to overcoming resource limitations is to distribute the BDD data structure across multiple networked workstations. This paper presents an efficient parallel BDD package for a distributed environment such as a network of wo ..."
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Large BDD applications push computing resources to their limits. One solution to overcoming resource limitations is to distribute the BDD data structure across multiple networked workstations. This paper presents an efficient parallel BDD package for a distributed environment such as a network of workstations (NOW) or a distributed memory parallel computer. The implementation exploits a number of different forms of parallelism that can be found in depthfirst algorithms. Significant effort is made to limit the communication overhead, including a twolevel distributed hash table and an uncomputed cache. The package simultaneously executes multiple threads of computation on a distributed BDD. 1.
The Complexity of the Optimal Variable Ordering Problems of A Shared Binary Decision Diagram
, 1993
"... A binary decision diagram (BDD) is a directed acyclic graph for representing a Boolean function. BDD's are widely used in various areas which require Boolean function manipulation, since BDD's can represent efficiently many of practical Boolean functions and have other desirable properties ..."
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A binary decision diagram (BDD) is a directed acyclic graph for representing a Boolean function. BDD's are widely used in various areas which require Boolean function manipulation, since BDD's can represent efficiently many of practical Boolean functions and have other desirable properties. However the complexity of constructing BDD's has hardly been researched theoretically. In this report, we prove that the optimal variable ordering problem of a shared BDD is NPcomplete, and touch on the approximation hardness of this problem and related problems of BDD's. ANY OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OF THIS REPORT This report is a refined version of the paper which will appear in ISAAC'93. DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT First Issue 50 copies SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES REPORT DATE December, 1993 TOTAL NO. OF PAGES 18 WRITTEN LANGUAGE English NO. OF REFERENCES 9 DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION SCIENCE Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo 731 Hongo, Bunkyoku Tokyo, 113 Japan The Complexity of the Op...
A performance study of BDDbased model checking
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE FORMAL METHODS ON COMPUTERAIDED DESIGN
, 1998
"... We present a study of the computational aspects of model checking based on binary decision diagrams (BDDs). By using a tracebased evaluation framework, we are able to generate realistic benchmarks and perform this evaluation collaboratively across several different BDD packages. This collaboration ..."
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We present a study of the computational aspects of model checking based on binary decision diagrams (BDDs). By using a tracebased evaluation framework, we are able to generate realistic benchmarks and perform this evaluation collaboratively across several different BDD packages. This collaboration has resulted in significant performance improvements and in the discovery of several interesting characteristics of model checking computations. One of the main conclusions of this work is that the BDD computations in model checking and in building BDDs for the outputs of combinational circuits have fundamentally different performance characteristics. The systematic evaluation has also uncovered several open issues that suggest new research directions. We hope that the evaluation methodology used in this study will help lay the foundation for future evaluation of BDDbased algorithms.
SIMULATED ANNEALING TO IMPROVE VARIABLE ORDERINGS FOR OBDDs
 IN INT'L WORKSHOP ON LOGIC SYNTH
, 1995
"... The choice of a good variable ordering is crucial in applications of Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams (OBDDs). A simulated annealing approach with a new type of neighborhood is presented and analyzed. Better results as by known simulated annealing algorithms and heuristics are obtained. Some theo ..."
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The choice of a good variable ordering is crucial in applications of Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams (OBDDs). A simulated annealing approach with a new type of neighborhood is presented and analyzed. Better results as by known simulated annealing algorithms and heuristics are obtained. Some theoretical results underlining the experiments are stated.
Binary decision diagrams in theory and practice
, 2001
"... Decision diagrams (DDs) are the stateoftheart data structure in VLSI CAD and have been successfully applied in many other fields.DDs are widely used and are also integrated in commercial tools.This special section comprises six contributed articles on various aspects of the theory and application ..."
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Decision diagrams (DDs) are the stateoftheart data structure in VLSI CAD and have been successfully applied in many other fields.DDs are widely used and are also integrated in commercial tools.This special section comprises six contributed articles on various aspects of the theory and application of DDs.As preparation for these contributions, the present article reviews the basic definitions of binary decision diagrams (BDDs). We provide a brief overview and study theoretical and practical aspects.Basic properties of BDDs are discussed and manipulation algorithms are described.Extensions of BDDs are investigated and by this we give a deeper insight into the basic data structure.Finally we outline several applications of BDDs and their extensions and suggest a number of articles and books for those who wish to pursue the topic in more depth.
Binary decision diagrams
 In Calculational System Design,volume 173 of NATO Science series F: Computer and Systems Sciences
, 1999
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Faster SAT and Smaller BDDs via Common Function Structure
 University of Michigan
, 2001
"... The increasing popularity of SAT and BDD techniques in verification and synthesis encourages the search for additional speedups. Since typical SAT and BDD algorithms are exponential in the worstcase, the structure of realworld instances is a natural source of improvements. While SAT and BDD techn ..."
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The increasing popularity of SAT and BDD techniques in verification and synthesis encourages the search for additional speedups. Since typical SAT and BDD algorithms are exponential in the worstcase, the structure of realworld instances is a natural source of improvements. While SAT and BDD techniques are often presented as mutually exclusive alternatives, our work points out that both can be improved via the use of the same structural properties of instances. Our proposed methods are based on efficient problem partitioning and can be easily applied as preprocessing with arbitrary SAT solvers and BDD packages without source code modifications. Finding a better variableordering is a well recognized problem for both SAT solvers and BDD packages. Currently, all leading edge variableordering algorithms are dynamic, in the sense that they are invoked many times in the course of the “host ” algorithm that solves SAT or manipulates BDDs. Examples include the DLCS ordering for SAT solvers and variablesifting during BDD manipulations. In this work we propose a universal variableordering MINCE (MIN Cut Etc.) that preprocesses a given Boolean formula in CNF. MINCE is completely independent from target algorithms and outperforms both DLCS for SAT and variable sifting for BDDs. We argue that MINCE tends to capture structural properties of Boolean functions arising from realworld applications. Our contribution is validated on the ISCAS circuits and the DIMACS benchmarks. Empirically, our technique often outperforms existing techniques by a factor of two or more. Our results motivate search for stronger dynamic ordering heuristics and combined static/dynamic techniques. 3 1
Data decision diagrams for Petri net analysis
 In Proc. of ICATPN’2002
, 2002
"... Abstract. This paper presents a new data structure, the Data Decision Diagrams, equipped with a mechanism allowing the definition of applicationspecific operators. This mechanism is based on combination of inductive linear functions offering a large expressiveness while alleviating for the user the ..."
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Abstract. This paper presents a new data structure, the Data Decision Diagrams, equipped with a mechanism allowing the definition of applicationspecific operators. This mechanism is based on combination of inductive linear functions offering a large expressiveness while alleviating for the user the burden of hard coding traversals in a shared data structure. We demonstrate the pertinence of our system through the implementation of a verification tool for various classes of Petri nets including self modifying and queuing nets. Topics. Petri Nets, Decision Diagram, System verification. 1