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[Gnucap-devel] gnucap patches and article

From: Telford Tendys
Subject: [Gnucap-devel] gnucap patches and article
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 13:28:02 +1000
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I've had a bit of time to play with gnucap lately and I've made some
changes to the convergence algorithm, it's an option so you can switch
it on and off and currently only implemented for nonlinear inductors.

I think it would be fairly easy to extend this to other nonlinear devices
wherever the tr_eval() function is used. In essence, my algorithm gives
better numerical stability at the cost of higher CPU usage -- when
close to convergence it falls back to the standard algorithm anyway so
the CPU overhead is minimised.

Another project I would like to work on is foreign models in gnucap.

Initially my target would be digital-only foreign models which would be
implemented using dlopen() style interface. This works well on linux,
it is supposed to also work on Solaris, I'm not sure about other systems.
My plan is to build a small kit that allows construction of a shared
object library, along with some simple examples. The shared object would
contain all the logic statements to simulate the digital circuit.
Building complex stuff out of NAND gates is really painful and if you
can just write your logic in C it allows a far greater complexity of
digital circuit to be simulated with relative ease.

I think it would be sufficient to support only pure inputs and pure
outputs on these digital foreign models. My reasoning is that it is
easy to rig up some sort of analog bus driver model which sits outside
the foreign model and the bus driver can use standard gnucap components.
This simplifies the shared library interface and avoids TTL v CMOS

Analog foreign models would have to be via a more complex interface
(which I haven't really thought about yet) so I feel it is good to
support the simplest possible digital interface in order to improve
accessibility to gnucap users.

Any comments?

        - Tel

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