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Passivity Preserving Model Order Reduction using

Reduce Norm Method
Namra Akram 1 , Rahila Malik 1 , Mehboob Alam 2 , Rashida Hussain 1 , Shah Muhammad 1
1 Department of Mathematics, Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mirpur - 10250, AJK,
2 Department of Electrical Engineering, Mirpur University of Science and Technology(MUST), Mirpur - 10250,
AJK, Pakistan;

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1 Abstract: Modeling and design of on-chip interconnect, the connection between the components
2 of an integrated circuit, continues to be a fundamental roadblock to realizing high-performance
3 integrated systems. The scaling of interconnect in nanometer regime had shifted the paradime
4 from device-dominated to interconnect-dominated design methodology. Driven by the expanding
5 complexity, a passivity preserving model order reduction is essential for estimating and controlling
6 various parameters for the reliable performance of the integrated circuit. In this work, we developed a
7 new reduce-norm frequency selective projection method, which optimally select interpolation points
8 as a subset of the system’s spectral zeros. The proposed reduce-norm scheme, dynamically select
9 spectral zeros, which simultaneously guarantee stability and passivity, while creating the reduce
10 order models that are accurate across a wide-range of frequencies. The results indicates preservation
11 of passivity and greater accuracy than other krylov and singular value decomposition based methods
12 of model order reduction.

13 Keywords: Model order reduction; Passivity; Spectral-zeros; Integrated circuit, VLSI; Interconnect.

14 1. Introduction
15 In today’s science and technological world, physical processes are described mainly by
16 mathematical models, which are used to simulate the behavior of the physical system [21]. In on-chip
17 electronics, exponential growth is seen in the development of physical architecture requiring complex
18 designs of interconnects [REF]. While design automation in the devices has advanced rapidly over
19 the past decade, interconnect design automation trails and presents a great challenge. The automated
20 design of on-chip interconnect is crucial for meeting the growing demand of integrated circuits [REF].
21 The complex design space also necessitates efficient modeling techniques to allow design automation
22 tools to rapidly optimize and synthesize interconnect that meet the required specifications. Model
23 Order Reduction (MOR) is essential to overcome the exceptional computational resource requirements
24 of full simulations of the integrated circuit [REF]. The basic motivation for approximation using MOR
25 is the need to develop simplified models, which reduces the simulation time and also capture the main
26 features of the complex original model. In large scale on-chip interconnect problems, the simplified
27 reduced model is used in place of the original complex model to accelerate simulation and design
28 optimization.
29 MOR methods, which are widely used and successful for large scale linear systems, fall
30 into two main types i.e. projection and non-projection based methods [REF]. Krylov-subspace
31 and SVD (Singular Value Decomposition) based methods are the well-known projection methods
32 and Hankle-norm approximation is a popular example of non-projections model order reduction
33 methods [REF]. In model order reduction, there are multiple requirement to be satisfied by the reduced

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34 order model, while extracting description from the original system. The reduced number of states
35 variable and accurate representation, by correctly following the terminal behaviour of the original
36 system are two important factors. In this work, we will only consider passive and stable systems, it is
37 therefore desirable that reduce models preserve the important properties of stability and passivity. It is
38 important to note that stable but not passive system may lead to a unstable system, once connected to
39 other passive components.
40 In this work, we are focusing on modern processor, which operates on dual frequencies to account
41 for its low power operations. In these high speed integrated circuits, the scaling and increasing
42 operating frequencies has a great influence on the performance [10], with the central point of focused
43 research efforts being the model order reduction of on-chip interconnect [11], [12], [13].
44 Text in Red needs to befixed For interconnect systems in model reduction passivity preserving
45 has been extensively studied. To preserve passivity in MOR, we have two approaches, one is
46 through balance approximation and other is via congruence transformations provided that the
47 description of the original system has special symmetries [5]. Passivity preservation via congruence
48 transformations include PRIMA [12] and its structure-preserving variant SPRIM [14] can be applied
49 efficiently. Algorithms based on balanced approximations are PMTBR [15,16], PRTBR [17] and FABT
50 [18,19] have been proposed for interconnect MOR. It is important to note that SVD methods are
51 not suitable for reducing high order systems, as they are computational complex methods requiring
52 dense computations of the order of n2 and n3 [REF]. For large scale systems, moment matching
53 projection methods gives a good approximation alternative to SVD. Generally, projection methods uses
54 reachability subspaces (krylov subspaces) that is spanned by a sequence of vectors. These methods,
55 for the moment matching of the systems, gives an iterative approximations of the eigenvalues [20].
56 There is a number of krylov based projection methods exists. Computationally, these methods are
57 less expensive and their iterative nature makes them attractive than balanced approximations [22,23].
58 However, unlike balanced approximations methods, generally there is no guarantee of the stability or
59 an upper error bound [REF].
60 In this paper, we concentrate on the computationally complex problems of passivity preserving in
61 the future high speed integrated circuits and a frequency selective reduce norm projection method
62 based on subset of spectral-zeros of the system is proposed. In the proposed method, the frequency of
63 interest is divided into regular interval and interpolation points are the selected SZ, which provides the
64 best estimation in the minimum-norm sense. Passivity and stability properties of the original system
65 are preserved in reduced model. Selected interpolation points as a subset of stable SZ guarantee that
66 the system’s passivity is preserved.The simulation results obtained by our method show more accurate
67 approximations and less absolute error compared to other model order reduction methods.
68 In next section, we discuss model order reduction and important passivity preserving techniques.
69 The proposed reduced-norm frequency selective technique is given in Section 3. In Section 4, we
70 discuss simulation and analysis of results and the paper is finally concluded in Section 5.

71 2. Model Order Reduction of On-Chip Interconnects

72 In a RLC networks model of an on-chip interconnect, preserving of the passivity is very essential.
73 However, it is important to note that all passive systems are stable but on the contrary all stable systems
74 are not guarantied to be passive. This section discusses the preliminaries of model order reduction and
75 preservation of stability and passivity in on-chip interconnects.

76 2.1. State Description and MOR using Projection

77 In the model order reduction of the on-chip interconnect, the state space representation of the
78 original system in descriptor-form is given as

Eẋ = Ax(t) + Bu(t),

y(t) = Cx(t) + Du(t), (1)
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79 where x(t) ∈ Rn represent the internal states of the system, u(t)∈ Rm and y(t)∈ R p are the system input
80 and output. Correspondingly, E, A ∈ Rn×n , (A, E) is generalized eigenvalues, B ∈ Rn×m , C ∈ R p×n ,
81 D ∈ R p×m are the matrices defining linear maps between inputs, output and internal states. The
82 associated reduced order model ∑ ˆ (Ê, Â, B̂, Ĉ, D) is given as

Êx̂˙ = Âx̂(t) + B̂u(t),

ŷ(t) = Ĉx̂(t) + Du(t), (2)

83 where x̂ ∈ Rk , Ê ∈ Rk×k , Â ∈ Rk×k , B̂ ∈ Rk×m , Ĉ ∈ R p×k , D ∈ R p×m and k << n. The reduced
84 model should preserve some important properties of stability and passivity of the original system. The
85 theory of stability plays an important role in model order reduction, and for a dynamical system, the
86 concept is explained in terms of internal and external stability of the system. Similarly, for passivity, a
87 reduced order model is passive, if it does not generate any energy. Passivity in reduced order model is
88 sometime ensured by positive realness of the system transfer function [REF].
89 In projection based model order reduction method consisting of the projection matrices V and W,
90 the reduced model is obtained such that V, W ∈ Rn×k and WT V = Ik . A careful selection of V and
91 W, by properly deciding projection subspace ensures that reduce order model not only preserve the
92 stability and passivity, but also retains the dynamical characteristic of the original system response.
93 The reduced system matrices using these projectors are represented as:

Ê = WT EV, Â = WT AV, B̂ = WT B, Ĉ = CV. (3)

94 The accuracy of reduce order model is completely determine by the choices of the projection matrices
95 V and W. These projectors controls the way original system properties are preserved by the reduced
96 system and also determines the accuracy of the approximation [REF]. It is important to note that in
97 the applications of circuit simulation, both invertible and non-invertible matrix E arises in the system
98 simulation. A singular matrix E give rise to new set of challenges as some of the system poles and
99 spectral zeros lies at infinity. In MOR, invertible and non-invertible E are handled differently [7] and
100 [8], however in this work, E is a ??? matrix, and ...

102 2.2. B. System Parameters

103 Please discuss with me what modification needed here
104 Some basic parameters of system and its properties which we used in this paper are discussed here.
105 Given a descriptor system described by (1).
106 Definition 2.1: The transfer function of the system ∑ is defined by

107 H(s) = C(sE − A)−1 B + D.

108 Definition 2.2: Poles of the system ∑ are all s ∈ C, where H(s) →∞(the generalized eigenvalues of the
109 pair(A, E). Assume that the matrix (A − ΛE) is non-singular throughout for some Λ ∈ C [9], which is
110 represented as a matrix pencil (A, E) in mathematical terms.
111 Corollary 2.1: The system ∑ is said to be stable if and only if all finite poles are lying in left half of the
112 complex plane, i.e., Re(Λ)< 0 with |Λ| 6= ∞.
113 Definition 2.3: The spectral zeros of ∑ are all s∈ C such that det [H(s) + HT (−s)]=0
114 where

115 HT (−s) = BT (-sET − AT )−1 CT + DT .

116 This definition shows that each SZ has the mirror image in the complex plane with respect to imaginary
117 axis. Real SZ si come in pairs (si ,-si ) whereas complex SZ come in quadruples (si , siT ,-si , -siT ).
118 Definition 2.4: A system which cannot produce energy internally is called passive system and is called
119 strictly passive if it consumes energy, i.e., Re(s)6=0.
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120 2.3. Passivity Preserving Model Order Reduction

121 In this paper, we proposed a method of model reduction which is based on the reduce norm
122 frequency selective interpolation points of linear time invariant systems. To pick up the desired points
123 of interest, we are using the minimum value of the SZ by norm. By using these interpolation points, we
124 can produce the lower order model which is passive and produces less absolute error when compared
125 with techniques such as PRIMA and SZ method. As a result, we find a positive real interpolation
126 points.
127 Passivity Condition: Passivity of the LTI system is preserved if and only if its transfer function, H(s), is
128 positive real. Positive realness of H(s) means that

129 • H(s) is analytic for Real(s)>0,

130 • H(s̄)= H(s) for all s ∈ C,
131 • H(s)+H(s)T ≥ 0 for Real(s)>0.

132 For real systems second condition is stasified automatically and third condition shows the existence
133 of stable rational matrix function V(s)(with stable inverse) such that H(s) + HT (−s)=V(s)VT (−s)
134 where H is the spectral factorization and the V is the the spectral factor of H. SZ of H are obtained
135 from the zeros of V, i.e Λi , i=1,...,n, such that det V(Λi )=0.

136 3. Proposed Reduce Norm Frequency Selective Model Order Reduction

Interconnects are the integrated circuit models that consists of linear RLC large networks and
nonlinear transistor models. In this area a lot of research have been done with advance progress on
RLC network during the last decade. For faster and smaller operations, systems and integrated circuits
are continuously designed. RLC interconnect effects on signal propagation has a more assertive impact
than ever before. In interconnect modeling, parasitic coupling effects and reduced power supply
voltage levels plays an important role. This type of interconnect models can contains millions of firmly
connected R–L–C components, reduced-order macromodels are essential [1]-[4]. A big stride in circuit
analysis is that an interconnect modeling is followed by the model reduction. Interconnect models
have millions of internal variables that can not be simulated in full dimension. To approximate these
models we need to require the reduced model in lower dimension, so that we approximate the original
system behaviour and replacing the original during simulation [5]. Interconnect systems involves
capacitors, inductors, resistors, or controlled sources, assosiated systems are passive, with real positive
transfer functions [6].
Model order reduction(MOR) techniques has become the latest technology for rapid simulation of the
highly dimensions interconnect circuits. In our reduced norm method, we constructed the matrix H̄
and Ē from the state space model which is given below as:
 
H̄ :=  −AT −CT 
 

and  
Ē :=  I .
 

137 Then the (finite) SZ of H̄ are the set of all (finite) complex numbers Λ such that Rank (H̄-ΛĒ)<2n+p.
138 i.e., the finite generalized eigenvalues Λ(H̄,Ē).
139 Using qr factorization to calculate the eigenvalues and eigenvector matrix. Basically eigenvalues
140 are the spectral zeros that are lying on the left half plane. If D + DT is singular, then we solved a
141 generalized eigenvalue problem for the computation of spectral zeros using reduce norm method.
142 Therefore, the finite generalized eigenvalues Λ(H̄, Ē) are the spectral zeros of a given system. For the
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143 accuracy of the original system in the interested area of frequency, we require to choose the appropriate
144 SZ to use as interpolation points. For our interested area, we divide the frequency interval in between
145 the clockspeed and Turbo Speed of the Intel Core i7-2920XM into N interval. Frequency interval is in
146 the following form:

f n = f 1 : ( f 1 + f 2 )/( N ∗ OrderS) : f 2

147 where N is interval length and OrderS is the reduced order of the system.
148 Algorithm for the selection of spectral zeros using reduce norm method is shown in figure 1. The
149 frequency selection is performed using the reduce norm spectral zeros. Using these SZ, we finds the
150 eigenvectors corresponding to each eigenvalues which are used to construct the projectors V and W of
151 the system. Dynamically, these projectors satisfy the orthogonality condition and generate reduced
152 order model.
INPUT= (A, B, C, D, E),
OUTPUT= (An , Bn , Cn , Dn , En ),
Construct H̄ and Ē from (A, B, C, D, E)
Perform [Q,R]=qr(H̄,Ē); QR factorization of R
SZ = diag(R); Spectral Zeros of R
Define f1 and f2; Limits of frequency
N: Order of reduced system
Divide |f2-f1| in to N interval
Select SZ
for k=1,2,...,N
SZk = | || f n (k )|| − ||imag(SZ )|| |min
154 end for
Generate S and Q using SZ and eigenvectors ,
[Qx, S, Qy]=svd(XT Y)
Construct V,W(projection matrices),
Generate Reduce order Model
Bn =W T B
Cn =CV
Dn =D
En =W T EV.

156 Table. 1. Pseudocode of SZ Reduce Norm Selective Passivity Preserving MOR Algorithm

157 4. Simulation and Analysis

158 In this section, we demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of our proposed reduce norm method
159 using spectral zero method for model order reduction. We take examples of interconnect structures
160 including interconnect bus and a RLC circuit network. First of all, the models are created using the
161 field solvers FastCap [24] and FastHenry [25] for capacitance and inductance extraction respectively. A
162 combination of modified nodal analysis created state space representation (1).
163 Firstly, we take the example of a low order 79 RLC network and compared the result of reduce
164 order modeling using PRIMA, interpolation via SZ and Reduce Norm SZ. The original system of
165 RLC network is plotted in Fig. 1. The comparison results in Fig. 2 shows a close match of Reduce
166 Norm SZ, with an overlapping peaks and response compared to the original system. However, a
167 significant deviation is observed in case of SZ method using interpolation at selected spectral zeros
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108 109 1010

Figure 1. Original System response for smallcondhuge.


Reduce Norm SZ
0 Original
Interested area





1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6
Figure 2. System frequency response

168 and PRIMA. A comparison of the absolute error in dB is plotted in Fig 4. The error plot shows that our
169 proposed method of Reduce Norm SZ method has significantly less error as compared to the PRIMA
170 and interpolation via SZ.
171 The second example is a state space model of interconnect bus. The original system response
172 of the bus is plotted in Fig. 1. The example is taken, keeping in mind the state of art processor. The
173 extraction tools creates this example keeping in mind Intel Core i7-2920XM modern processor [REF].
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Original Reduce Norm SZ

2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5
Figure 3. from clock to turbo frequency range of Intel Core i7-2920XM


Absolute error(dB)



Reduce Norm SZ

2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5

Figure 4. Absolute Error

174 Note that i7-2920XM works on two frequencies i.e. 2.5Ghz and 3.5Ghz (turbo mode), which actually
175 defines the frequency of interest in this simulation. Fig. 6 displays the frequency response of the
176 original 1076 order interconnect bus, with reduced order 100 using PRIMA [12], SZ [26] and proposed
177 Reduce Norm SZ methods.
178 The result of this comparison shows that an order 100 approximation using proposed
179 Reduce Norm SZ method accurately capture the behaviour of the system. However, the PRIMA
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108 109 1010
Figure 5. Original System

180 implementation misses most of the resonance peaks and does not accurately characterize the original
181 system response. It is important to note that the Arnoldi based PRIMA matches the low frequency
182 response first and a reduced order 100 is not sufficient to cover the entire range of interest. The error
183 plot shown in Fig. 8 highlights the strength of our method with proposed Reduce Norm SZ showing
184 the minimum error over the entire range of frequency i.e. from 2.5 Ghz to 3.5 Ghz. Note that the reduce
185 error is due to the dynamically selection of spectral zeros based on reduce norm criterion proposed in
186 Table 1. The selection of spectral zeros methods based on interpolation at the selected spectral zeros
187 [26] performs better than PRIMA. However, Fig. 8 shows that for the frequency of interest i.e. 2.5 Ghz
188 to 3.5 Ghz, the minimum (???db) and maximum (???db) errors of interpolation via SZ [26] compared
189 to proposed Reduce Norm SZ methods are still much higher.

190 5. Conclusion
191 Over the last few decades, scaling in deep submicron had shifted the paradime from
192 device-dominated to interconnect-dominated design methodology. Modeling and design of on-chip
193 interconnect, the connection between the components of an integrated circuit, continues to be a
194 fundamental roadblock to realizing high-performance integrated systems. In this work, we develop
195 new reduce-norm frequency selective projection method by using interpolation point based on
196 spectral-zeros of the system. The proposed reduce-norm frequency selective scheme dynamically
197 select spectral zeros, which simultaneously guarantee stability and passivity, while creating the reduce
198 order models that are accurate across either a wide-range of frequencies. The results indicates greater
199 accuracy that other krylov and singular value decomposition based methods of model order reduction.
200 Acknowledgments: This work is supported by Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mirpur -
201 10250, AJK, Pakistan.
202 Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

203 Abbreviations
204 The following abbreviations are used in this manuscript:
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Interested area
Original PRIMA






Reduce Norm SZ
1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6
Figure 6. Frequency response with original system n=1076, reduced system p=100


Reduce Norm SZ
Original SZ




2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5
Figure 7. Response from clock to turbo frequency range of Intel Core i7-2920XM
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Absolute error(dB)




Reduce Norm SZ

2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5
Figure 8. Absolute error

R The set of real numbers

C The set of complex numbers, i.e. s-plane
206 Λ Eigenvalues
SZ Spectral Zeros
LTIs Linear time invariant system

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