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Parallel Adaptive Finite Element: Software for Semiconductor Device Simulation,

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Parallel algorithms and fully functional application codes for 2D and 3D device analysis of semiconductor devices have been demonstrated. Advanced modeling based on a hydrodynamic formulation HD of the semiconductor transport equations and using a Galerkin Least Squares Finite Element Method GLS-FEM has demonstrated nearly ideal parallel performance for 2D MOS and Bipolar transistor applications across Intel and IBM machines. Parallelization of conventional drift-diffusion DD based device solvers has broken new ground in both direct and iterative solvers. A well-known application code, PISCES, has been parallelized and ported across Intel, TMC, and IBM architectures with best results to date that now approach 6.5 GFlops sustained performance on a 128 node IBM SP2. A prototype 3D code STRIDE which uses iterative methods has parallelized preconditioners for ILUO, ILU1, and ILUV and achieved excellent benchmarks on both the Intel and IBM machines. A 4.9 million grid problem run on the Intel Delta machine achieved 20 efficiency using 512 nodes and convergent solutions for a highly nonlinear bipolar transistor problem in 20 minutes per bias point. In support of both 2D and 3D TCAD applications, a new geometry-based structure generator called VIP3D was created. Quad- and oct-tree utilities were developed and used to support the gridding of complex IC structures benchmarked in this work. Results of industrial impact and collaborative interactions are also discussed. AN

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

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