
Amith Singhee
Carnegie Mellon University

From Finance to Flip Flops: Fast QuasiMonte Carlo Methods from Computational Finance Applied to Statistical Circuit Analysis
Problems in computational finance share many of the characteristics that challenge us in statistical circuit analysis: high dimensionality, profound nonlinearity, stringent accuracy requirements, and expensive sample simulation. I will present a detailed experimental study of how one celebrated technique from this domain  QuasiMonte Carlo (QMC) analysis  can be used for fast statistical circuit analysis. In contrast with traditional pseudorandom Monte Carlo sampling, QMC substitutes a (shorter) sequence of deterministically chosen sample points. Across a set of digital and analog circuits, in 90nm and 45nm technologies, varying in size from 30 to 400 devices, we can obtain speedups in parametric yield estimation from 2X to 50X.
Amith Singhee is a PhD student in ECE. He got his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 2000, and MS from CMU in 2002. From 200204 he worked at Neolinear, and Cadence Design Systems, as a lead researcher for the NeoCircuit analog synthesis tool. His interests lie in modeling, simulating and optimizing circuits, especially in the presence of random manufacturing variations.
