An Evolutionary Meta-Heuristic for State Justification in Sequential Automatic Test Pattern Generation

(2001) An Evolutionary Meta-Heuristic for State Justification in Sequential Automatic Test Pattern Generation. International Joint INNS-IEEE Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN). pp. 767-772.

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Abstract

Sequential circuit test generation using deterministic, fault-oriented algorithms is highly complex and time consuming. New approaches are needed to enhance the existing techniques, both to reduce execution time and improve fault coverage. Evolutionary algorithms have been effective in solving many search and optimization problems. A common search optimization in sequential ATPG is to justify a desired state assignment on the sequential elements. State justification using deterministic algorithms is a difficult problem and is prone to many backtracks, which can lead to high execution times. In this work, we propose a hybrid approach which uses a combination of evolutionary and deterministic algorithms for state justification. A new method based on Genetic algorithms is proposed, in which we engineer state justification sequences vector by vector. This is in contrast to previous approaches where GA is applied to the whole sequence. The proposed method is compared to previous GA-based approaches. Significant improvements have been obtained for ISCAS benchmark circuits in terms of state coverage and CPU time. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the state-justification sequence generated, helps the ATPG in detecting a large number hard-to-detect faults.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Computer
Department: College of Computing and Mathematics > Computer Engineering
Depositing User: AIMAN HELMI EL-MALEH
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008 16:29
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 13:22
URI: https://eprints.kfupm.edu.sa/id/eprint/150