Thessaloniki, Greece

September 25 to 27, 2017

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Department of Physics

Section of Electronics & Computers


Design for Performance and Thermal Efficiency

Call For Participation

With greater integration, the power dissipation in integrated circuits has begun to outpace the ability of today’s heat sinks to limit the on-chip temperature. As a result, thermal issues have come to the forefront, and thermally aware design techniques are likely to play a major role in the future. The scope of this design contest is to motivate participants in order to propose new design tools and/or design techniques that alleviate the on-chip thermal stress, without affecting the performance metrics of the target system.

The challenges that should be addressed within this design contest are summarized at the complementary priorities:

Challenge No. 1: Physical design for ICs under Thermal and Performance metrics: Participants should propose a software-supported methodology that addresses the floorplanning problem for 2-D ICs. The proposed solutions will be implemented as part (or as a new) software tool.

Challenge No. 2: Detailed thermal analysis: Given the floorplans for each benchmark (as they are retrieved from HotFloorplanning tool at Challenge No. 1) participants are encouraged to develop a new thermal simulator (or enhance an existing one) in order to support fast yet accurate thermal analysis.

Both challenges aim to optimize the following metrics:

  1. Maximum and average on-chip temperatures.
  2. Occupied silicon area.
  3. Efficiency in terms of total floorplan and thermal analysis runtime and memory requirements.


Benchmark suite is provided here that contains all the necessary information for performing both floorplaning and thermal analysis. More specifically, each design in the benchmark suite will contain the following information:

  • Details about the benchmark’s architectural components
  • Candidate aspect ratios per benchmark’s component
  • Power traces
  • Grid size for performing thermal analysis


The submitted floorplans and thermal analysis will be evaluated by the following metrics:

  1. Accuracy to compute maximum and average on-chip temperatures.
  2. Occupied silicon area.
  3. Efficiency in terms of total floorplan and thermal analysis runtime and memory requirements.
  4. Estimated total wire-length (for the derived floorplans).

The reference solutions for the scoring criteria 1-3 will be derived with Hotfloorplan and Hotspot v.6 tools (see from University of Virginia. For this purpose, default settings will be employed, whereas details about the grid size will be released along with benchmarks. Regarding the total wirelength (criterion 4), Manhattan distance between pair of architectural components will be considered multiplied by the number of wires that connect these components (if there is no connection, the corresponding weight for this pair of components is equals to 0).

Details of the metrics and scoring system will be released on this page.


Please make note of the following dates:

  • Testing benchmarks with all the necessary input files will be provided by 31 January 2017.
  • To officially participate, contestants must apply (register) by 24 July 2017. Participants to design contest are also encouraged to present their work with a full paper.
  • All teams are required to submit their executables by 10 September 2017.
  • The contest winners will be announced at the PATMOS 2017 Symposium (September 25-27, 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece).


  • For applying to design contest and related inquiries, please email:
  • In your application email please provide the following information:
    1. Affiliation of the team/contestant(s)
    2. Name of the placer
    3. The correspondent author name and e-mail address
    4. Names of all team members (can be changed later)

Registration fees for the participation in the design contest: 300 Euros

A full or student registration includes one participation in the design contest (additional fees for the design contest, in case you have paid for author registration, are not needed). Registration fees are paid though the registration platform of PATMOS (in Registration tab). For the contestants who participates only to the design contest the corresponding registration fees should be paid until 24 July 2017.


There will be prizes awards to the top three teams. The first team will be awarded with a tablet.

Important Dates

Submission deadline (Regular Papers):
May 8, 2017 May 29, 2017

Submission deadline (Special Sessions):
May 15, 2017 May 29, 2017

Notification of acceptance:
June 26, 2017 July 3, 2017

Camera-ready papers due:
July 24, 2017



Contact Address

Section of Electronics and Computers
Department of Physics
Faculty of Sciences, 1st floor
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
54124, University Campus, Thessaloniki
Tel: +30 2310 998071