Ann. Math. Artif. Intell.

A BDD SAT solver for satisfiability testing: An industrial case study

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The satisfiability problem (SAT) is a fundamental problem in mathematical logic, constraint satisfaction, VLSI engineering, and computing theory. Methods to solve the satisfiability problem play an important role in the development of computing theory and systems. In this paper, we give a BDD (Binary Decision Diagrams) SAT solver for practical asynchronous circuit design. The BDD SAT solver consists of a structural SAT formula preprocessor and a complete, incremental SAT algorithm that is able to find an optimal solution. The preprocessor compresses a large size SAT formula representing the circuit into a number of smaller SAT formulas. This avoids the problem of solving very large SAT formulas. Each small size SAT formula is solved by the BDD SAT algorithm efficiently. Eventually, the results of these subproblems are integrated together that contribute to the solution of the original problem. According to recent industrial assessments, this BDD SAT solver provides solutions to the practical, industrial asynchronous circuit design problems. © J.C. Baltzer AG, Science Publishers.


01 Jan 1996


Ann. Math. Artif. Intell.