Title:  Circuit Partitioning Using Mean Field Annealing
Authors: Tevfik Bultan and Cevdet Aykanat
Status: Published in Neurocomputing, vol. 8,  pp. 171-194, 1995.


Mean field annealing (MFA) algorithm, proposed for solving combinatorial optimization problems, combines the characteristics of neural networks and simulated annealing.  Previous works on MFA resulted with successful mapping of the algorithm to some classic optimization problems such as traveling salesperson problem, scheduling problem, knapsack problem and graph partitioning problem. In this paper, MFA is formulated for the circuit partitioning problem using the so called net-cut model. Hence, the deficiencies of using the graph representation for electrical circuits are avoided. An efficient implementation scheme, which decreases the complexity of the proposed algorithm by asymptotical factors is also developed. Comparative performance analysis of the proposed algorithm with two  well-known heuristics, simulated annealing and Kernighan-Lin, indicates that MFA is a successful alternative heuristic for the circuit partitioning problem.

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