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Solving RFIC Simulation Tasks Using GPU Computations

Mihail-Iulian Andrei, Sebastian Kula
Politehnica University of Bucharest, Electrical Engineering Faculty, Numerical Methods Laboratory, LMN, Splaiul Independentei 313, 060042 Bucharest,Romania
Computational Methods in Science and Technology, 19(1), 25-33, 2013

@article{andrei2013solving,

   title={Solving RFIC Simulation Tasks Using GPU Computations},

   author={Andrei, Mihail-Iulian and Kula, Sebastian},

   year={2013}

}

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New generation of General Purpose Graphic Processing Unit (GPGPU) cards with their large computation power allow to approach difficult tasks from Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs) modeling area. Using different electromagnetic modeling methods, the Finite Element Method (FEM) and the Finite Integration Technique (FIT), to model Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) devices, large linear equations systems have to be solved. This paper presents the benefits of using Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) computations for solving such systems which are characterized by sparse complex matrices. CUSP is a GPU generic parallel algorithms library for sparse linear algebra and graph computations based on Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA). The code is calling iterative methods available in CUSP in order to solve those complex linear equation systems. The tests were performed on various Central Processing Units (CPU) and GPU hardware configurations. The results of these tests show that using GPU computations for solving the linear equations systems, the electromagnetic modeling process of RFIC devices can be accelerated and at the same time a high level of computation accuracy is maintained. Tests were carried out on matrices obtained for an integrated inductor designed for RFICs, and for Micro Stripe (MS) designed for Photonics Integrated Circuit (PIC).
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