Managing the VLSI design process
Ways to represent and structure data within the design environment are reasonably well-understood, and have led to a number of proposed and implemented design frameworks. Comparable support for the operational nature of design, i.e., the controlled and disciplined sequencing of CAD tool invocations, are still in their infancy. In this paper, we describe a model for managing the work of a design team within a VLSI design environment. The model is based on a task specification language, for encapsulating CAD tool invocations and arranging the sequencing of such invocations to accomplish specific tasks, and an novel activity model, which maintains the history of task invocations and serves as a focus for sharing work results in a cooperative manner. The translator of the task specification language and a prototype task manager have been implemented within the OCT CAD framework.
Key words and phrasesDesign Databases Process Management Groupware Task Specification Activity Model
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