MCDA-based methodology for efficient 3D-design space exploration and decision

Nguyen Anh Vu Doan1,  Frédéric Robert2,  Yves De Smet3,  Dragomir Milojevic2

1BEAMS/CoDE-SMG - Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2BEAMS - Université Libre de Bruxelles, 3CoDE-SMG - Université Libre de Bruxelles


Recently, the academic and industrial communities have proposed new technologies in order to overcome the physical limitations of the silicon and among them 3D-Stacked Integrated Circuits (3D-SIC). Manufacturing of 3D-SICs consists in piling up conventional CMOS ICs and creating vertical interconnections between them. This offers new perspectives and levels of performance but the question of efficiently designing them arises since the solution space increases significantly. This paper presents a first approach based on a multi-criteria method in order to be able to efficiently design 3D-SIC. The aim of this work is to quickly explore the design space while considering the numerous criteria involved. This work is a first approach that shows a new design method based on the use of Multi-Criteria Decision Aid (MCDA) tools for efficient 3D-SIC design. The problem considered in this first approach is a global 3Dfloorplanning. This work has shown that using MCDA tools can provide objective information that would not be available with the current conventional design methods. We believe that, with these promising results, this MCDA-based method will allow designers to overcome the growing complexity of designing 3D-SICs.