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Multilevel kway Hypergraph Partitioning
, 1999
"... In this paper, we present a new multilevel kway hypergraph partitioning algorithm that substantially outperforms the existing stateoftheart KPM/LR algorithm for multiway partitioning, both for optimizing local as well as global objectives. Experiments on ..."
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In this paper, we present a new multilevel kway hypergraph partitioning algorithm that substantially outperforms the existing stateoftheart KPM/LR algorithm for multiway partitioning, both for optimizing local as well as global objectives. Experiments on
Multilevel Circuit Partitioning
 IN PROC. OF THE 34TH ACM/IEEE DESIGN AUTOMATION CONFERENCE
, 1998
"... Many previous works in partitioning have used some underlying clustering algorithm to improve performance. As problem sizes reach new levels of complexity, a single application of a clustering algorithm is insufficient to produce excellent solutions. Recent work has illustrated the promise of multi ..."
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Many previous works in partitioning have used some underlying clustering algorithm to improve performance. As problem sizes reach new levels of complexity, a single application of a clustering algorithm is insufficient to produce excellent solutions. Recent work has illustrated the promise of multilevel approaches. A multilevel partitioning algorithm recursively clusters the instance until its size is smaller than a given threshold, then unclusters the instance while applying a partitioning refinement algorithm. In this paper, we propose a new multilevel partitioning algorithm that exploits some of the latest innovations of classical iterative partitioning approaches. Our method also uses a new technique to control the number of levels in our matchingbased clustering algorithm. Experimental results show that our heuristic outperforms numerous existing bipartitioning heuristics with improvements ranging from 6.9 to 27.9 % for 100 runs and 3.0 to 20.6 % for just ten runs (while also using less CPU time). Further, our algorithm generates solutions better than the best known mincut bipartitionings for seven of the ACM/SIGDA benchmark circuits, including golem3 (which has over 100 000 cells). We also present quadrisection results which compare favorably to the partitionings obtained by the GORDIAN cell placement tool. Our work in multilevel quadrisection has been used as the basis for an effective cell placement package.
Spectral Partitioning: The More Eigenvectors, the Better
 PROC. ACM/IEEE DESIGN AUTOMATION CONF
, 1995
"... The graph partitioning problem is to divide the vertices of a graph into disjoint clusters to minimize the total cost of the edges cut by the clusters. A spectral partitioning heuristic uses the graph's eigenvectors to construct a geometric representation of the graph (e.g., linear orderings) which ..."
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The graph partitioning problem is to divide the vertices of a graph into disjoint clusters to minimize the total cost of the edges cut by the clusters. A spectral partitioning heuristic uses the graph's eigenvectors to construct a geometric representation of the graph (e.g., linear orderings) which are subsequently partitioned. Our main result shows that when all the eigenvectors are used, graph partitioning reduces to a new vector partitioning problem. This result implies that as many eigenvectors as are practically possible should be used to construct a solution. This philosophy isincontrast to that of the widelyused spectral bipartitioning (SB) heuristic (which uses a single eigenvector to construct a 2way partitioning) and several previous multiway partitioning heuristics [7][10][16][26][37] (which usek eigenvectors to construct a kway partitioning). Our result motivates a simple ordering heuristic that is a multipleeigenvector extension of SB. This heuristic not only signi cantly outperforms SB, but can also yield excellent multiway VLSI circuit partitionings as compared to [1] [10]. Our experiments suggest that the vector partitioning perspective opens the door to new and effective heuristics.
Multilevel hypergraph partitioning
 Applications in VLSI design, ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference
, 1997
"... Traditional hypergraph partitioning algorithms compute a bisection a graph such that the number of hyperedges that are cut by the partitioning is minimized and each partition has an equal number of vertices. The task of minimizing the cut can be considered as the objective and the requirement that t ..."
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Traditional hypergraph partitioning algorithms compute a bisection a graph such that the number of hyperedges that are cut by the partitioning is minimized and each partition has an equal number of vertices. The task of minimizing the cut can be considered as the objective and the requirement that the partitions will be of the same size can be considered as the constraint. In this paper we extend the partitioning problem by incorporating an arbitrary number of balancing constraints. In our formulation, a vector of weights is assigned to each vertex, and the goal is to produce a bisection such that the partitioning satisfies a balancing constraint associated with each weight, while attempting to minimize the cut. We present new multiconstraint hypergraph partitioning algorithms that are based on the multilevel partitioning paradigm. We experimentally evaluate the effectiveness of our multiconstraint partitioners on a variety of synthetically generated problems.
Encapsulating Multiple CommunicationCost Metrics in Partitioning Sparse Rectangular Matrices for Parallel MatrixVector Multiplies
"... This paper addresses the problem of onedimensional partitioning of structurally unsymmetricsquare and rectangular sparse matrices for parallel matrixvector and matrixtransposevector multiplies. The objective is to minimize the communication cost while maintaining the balance on computational load ..."
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This paper addresses the problem of onedimensional partitioning of structurally unsymmetricsquare and rectangular sparse matrices for parallel matrixvector and matrixtransposevector multiplies. The objective is to minimize the communication cost while maintaining the balance on computational loads of processors. Most of the existing partitioning models consider only the total message volume hoping that minimizing this communicationcost metric is likely to reduce other metrics. However, the total message latency (startup time) may be more important than the total message volume. Furthermore, the maximum message volume and latency handled by a single processor are also important metrics. We propose a twophase approach that encapsulates all these four communicationcost metrics. The objective in the first phase is to minimize the total message volume while maintainingthe computationalload balance. The objective in the second phase is to encapsulate the remaining three communicationcost metrics. We propose communicationhypergraph and partitioning models for the second phase. We then present several methods for partitioning communication hypergraphs. Experiments on a wide range of test matrices show that the proposed approach yields very effective partitioning results. A parallel implementation on a PC cluster verifies that the theoretical improvements shown by partitioning results hold in practice.
Large Scale Circuit Partitioning with Loose/Stable Net Removal and Signal Flow Based Clustering
 In Proc. Int. Conf. on ComputerAided Design
, 1997
"... this paper, we present an efficient Iterative Improvement based Partitioning (IIP) algorithm called LSR/MFFS, that combines signal flow based Maximum Fanout Free Subgraph (MFFS) clustering algorithm with Loose and Stable net Removal (LSR) partitioning algorithm. The MFFS algorithm generalizes existi ..."
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this paper, we present an efficient Iterative Improvement based Partitioning (IIP) algorithm called LSR/MFFS, that combines signal flow based Maximum Fanout Free Subgraph (MFFS) clustering algorithm with Loose and Stable net Removal (LSR) partitioning algorithm. The MFFS algorithm generalizes existing MFFC decomposition method from combinational circuits to general sequential circuits in order to handle cycles naturally. We also study the properties of the nets that straddle the cutline carefully, and introduce the concepts of the loose and stable nets as well as effective ways to remove them out of the cutset. The LSR/MFFS algorithm first applies LSR algorithm to clustered netlist generated by MFFS algorithm for globallevel cutsize optimization and then declusters netlist for further cutsize refinement. As a result, the LSR/MFFS algorithm has achieved the best cutsize result among all the bipartitioning algorithms published in the literatures with very promising runtime performance. In particular, it outperforms the recent stateofthe art IIP algorithms LA3CDIP, CLIPPROP f [8], Strawman [12], hMetisFM [13], and MLc [1] by 17.4%, 12.1%, 5.9%, 3.1%, and 1.9%, respectively. It also outperforms the stateoftheart nonIIP algorithms Paraboli [17], FBB [19], and PANZA [16] by 32.0%, 21.4%, and 1.4%, respectively.
A General Framework for Vertex Orderings, with Applications to Netlist Clustering
, 1996
"... We present a general framework for the construction of vertex orderings for netlist clustering. Our WINDOW algorithm constructs an ordering by iteratively adding the vertex with highest attraction to the existing ordering. Variant choices for the attraction function allow our framework to subsume ma ..."
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We present a general framework for the construction of vertex orderings for netlist clustering. Our WINDOW algorithm constructs an ordering by iteratively adding the vertex with highest attraction to the existing ordering. Variant choices for the attraction function allow our framework to subsume many graph traversals and clustering objectives from the literature. The DPRP method of [3] is then applied to optimally split the ordering into a kway clustering. Our approach is adaptable to userspecified cluster size constraints. Experimental results for clustering and multiway partitioning are encouraging. 1 Introduction A netlist hypergraph H(V; E) consists of a set of modules (vertices) V = fv 1 ; v 2 ; : : : ; v n g and a set of nets (hyperedges) E = fe 1 ; e 2 ; : : : ; e m g. A cluster C i is a nonempty subset of V , and a kway clustering P k is a set of k clusters such that every v i 2 V belongs to exactly one cluster in P k . We study the following problem: The kWay Cl...
A Hypergraph Framework For Optimal ModelBased Decomposition Of Design Problems
 Computational Optimization and Applications
, 1997
"... Decomposition of large engineering system models is desirable since increased model size reduces reliability and speed of numerical solution algorithms. The article presents a methodology for optimal modelbased decomposition (OMBD) of design problems, whether or not initially cast as optimization p ..."
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Decomposition of large engineering system models is desirable since increased model size reduces reliability and speed of numerical solution algorithms. The article presents a methodology for optimal modelbased decomposition (OMBD) of design problems, whether or not initially cast as optimization problems. The overall model is represented by a hypergraph and is optimally partitioned into weakly connected subgraphs that satisfy decomposition constraints. Spectral graphpartitioning methods together with iterative improvement techniques are proposed for hypergraph partitioning. A known spectral Kpartitioning formulation, which accounts for partition sizes and edge weights, is extended to graphs with also vertex weights. The OMBD formulation is robust enough to account for computational demands and resources and strength of interdependencies between the computational modules contained in the model. KEYWORDS: Model decomposition, multidisciplinary design, hypergraph partitioning, larges...
Greedy, Prohibition, and Reactive Heuristics for Graph Partitioning
 IEEE Transactions on Computers
, 1998
"... New heuristic algorithms are proposed for the Graph Partitioning problem. A greedy construction scheme with an appropriate tiebreaking rule (MINMAXGREEDY) produces initial assignments in a very fast time. For some classes of graphs, independent repetitions of MINMAXGREEDY are sufficient to rep ..."
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New heuristic algorithms are proposed for the Graph Partitioning problem. A greedy construction scheme with an appropriate tiebreaking rule (MINMAXGREEDY) produces initial assignments in a very fast time. For some classes of graphs, independent repetitions of MINMAXGREEDY are sufficient to reproduce solutions found by more complex techniques. When the method is not competitive, the initial assignments are used as starting points for a prohibitionbased scheme, where the prohibition is chosen in a randomized and reactive way, with a bias towards more successful choices in the previous part of the run. The relationship between prohibitionbased diversification (Tabu Search) and the variabledepth KernighanLin algorithm is discussed. Detailed experimental results are presented on benchmark suites used in the previous literature, consisting of graphs derived from parametric models (random graphs, geometric graphs, etc.) and of "realworld " graphs of large size. On the first series ...