ISPD 2013 Discrete Gate Sizing Contest and Benchmark Suite

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The "final" ISPD-2013 Benchmark Suite was released. Please look under the ISPD-2013 Contest Benchmark section for more details.

The ISPD-2013 contest presentation with results was released.

The Benchmark release notes, Contest details, Evaluation code and metrics can be found in the Download Material section.

Please cite the following paper when you refer to these benchmarks in a publication:
M. M. Ozdal, C. Amin, A. Ayupov, S. Burns, G. Wilke, C. Zhuo,
"An Improved Benchmark Suite for the ISPD-2013 Discrete Cell Sizing Contest", Proc. of ACM International Symposium on Physical Design, pp. 168-170, 2013.

Thanks again for the participation in ISPD 2013 Discrete Gate Sizing Contest!



Call for Participation
Start Date: October 8th, 2012
Registration Deadline: December 14th, 2012

          More details can be found at CFP (pdf or txt).

Download Materials

Name Description Last Update
Contest Final Results Contest final results Mar. 27, 2013
Final ISPD2013 Benchmark Suite Final benchmark suite Mar. 06, 2013
Evaluation Metrics Contest evaluation rules and details Feb. 20, 2013
Slides Explaining Evaluation Scripts Contest evaluation rules and details Feb. 20, 2013
Evaluation Program Contest evaluation program code Feb. 13, 2013
Benchmark Release Notes Release notes Jan. 29, 2013
Netcard Benchmark A large benchmark (zipped file size is ~239MB) Jan. 29, 2013
Benchmarks The sample benchmarks (does not contain Netcard) Jan . 29, 2013
Contest details The detailed description of the ISPD 2013 contest Nov. 19, 2012

*The most recently updated files are indicated with red date color.

Contest Details

The detailed description of the ISPD 2013 contest can be found in this file: ISPD_2013_Contest_Details.pdf. The file contains the information about: (1) submission information; (2) contest evaluation; (3) benchmark files & scripts; and (4) sizer/timer interaction. Teams are advised to read this file as it has important information regarding the benchmark suite and utility scripts.

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ISPD-2013 Contest Benchmark

The ISPD 2013 Discrete Gate Sizing Contest uses realistic benchmarks to evaluate all the contest submissions. All benchmarks consist of the verilog netlist, constraint file, parasitics file and cell library. Please read ISPD_2013_Contest_Details.pdf and ISPD_2013_Benchmark_Notes.pdf for benchmarks details.

Sample benchmarks and related parsers for the ISPD 2013 contest can be found here.

Final ISPD2013 benchmarks used for evaluations can be found here.

Contact Information


Oct. 8, 2012 Official start date. The sample benchmark was released.
Dec. 14, 2012 Registration deadline For registration or any other inquiries, please send emails to the following address ( For registration, please send an email including the following information: Affiliation of the team/contestant, Names of team members, Synopsys PrimeTime?license availability, One email address as the corresponding address of the team.
Feb. 24, 2013 Receive submissions from all teams
Mar. 24-27, 2013 ISPD 2013, announce contest results

Submission Information

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Evaluation and Ranking

There will be two separate rankings.

The details can be found in evaluation metrics slides. Final submission deadline is February 24th. Also, you must submit an alpha binary by February 16. Some changes were made from last year to this year contest, please pay attention to:

Evaluations will be run on a machine with the following configuration. The evaluation program can be found here and is explained in evaluation scripts slides.

Supported Libraries

Below is the list of C/C++ libraries are allowed and supported by the contest organizers, if you wish to use a library not listed below please contact contest organizers first. Supported libraries:

Call for Participation

 For the contest announcement and call for participation, please see pdf or txt.