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VAŠÍČEK Zdeněk and SEKANINA Lukáš. How to Evolve Complex Combinational Circuits From Scratch?. In: 2014 IEEE International Conference on Evolvable Systems Proceedings. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2014, pp. 133-140. ISBN 978-1-4799-4480-4.
Publication language:english
Original title:How to Evolve Complex Combinational Circuits From Scratch?
Title (cs):Jak evolučně navrhovat složité kombinační obvody?
Proceedings:2014 IEEE International Conference on Evolvable Systems Proceedings
Conference:IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence
Place:Piscataway, US
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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One of the serious criticisms of the evolutionary circuit design method is that it is not suitable for the design of complex large circuits. This problem is especially visible in the evolutionary design of combinational circuits, such as arithmetic circuits, in which a perfect response is requested for every possible combination of inputs. This paper deals with a new method which enables us to evolve complex circuits from a randomly seeded initial population and without providing any information about the circuit structure to the evolutionary algorithm. The proposed solution is based on an advanced approach to the evaluation of candidate circuits. Every candidate circuit is transformed to a corresponding binary decision diagram (BDD) and its functional similarity is determined against the specification given as another BDD. The fitness value is the Hamming distance between the output vectors of functions represented by the two BDDs. It is shown in the paper that the BDD-based evaluation procedure can be performed much faster than evaluating all possible assignments to the inputs. It also significantly increases the success rate of the evolutionary design process. The method is evaluated using selected benchmark circuits from the LGSynth91 set. For example, a correct implementation was evolved for a 28-input frg1 circuit. The evolved circuit contains less gates (a 57% reduction was obtained) than the result of a conventional optimization conducted by ABC. 
   author = {Zden{\v{e}}k Va{\v{s}}{\'{i}}{\v{c}}ek and Luk{\'{a}}{\v{s}}
   title = {How to Evolve Complex Combinational Circuits From Scratch?},
   pages = {133--140},
   booktitle = {2014 IEEE International Conference on Evolvable Systems
   year = {2014},
   location = {Piscataway, US},
   publisher = {Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers},
   ISBN = {978-1-4799-4480-4},
   language = {english},
   url = {}

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