Adaptive nonuniform-grid (NG) algorithm for fast capacitance extraction

Amir Boag, Boris Livshitz

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A novel method for computing the capacitance matrices of arbitrary shaped three-dimensional geometries is presented. The proposed approach combines a novel nonuniform-grid (NG) algorithm for fast evaluation of potentials due to given source distributions with an iterative solution of the pertinent integral equations. The NG algorithm is based on the observation that locally the potential produced by a finite size source can be interpolated from its samples at a small number of points of a nonuniform spherical grid. This observation leads to a multilevel algorithm comprising interpolation and aggregation of potentials. The resulting hierarchical algorithm attains an O(N) asymptotic complexity and memory requirements. The computational efficiency is further improved for quasi-planar geometries by the use of adaptive grids.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1684153
Pages (from-to)3565-3570
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Capacitance extraction
  • Circuit simulation
  • Fast algorithm
  • Iterative solver
  • Multilevel algorithm


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