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Force-directed List Scheduling for Digital Microfluidic Biochips

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We introduce a Force-directed List Scheduling (FDLS) algorithm for resource-constrained assay compilation targeting Digital Microfluidic Biochips (DMFBs). This algorithm has been used in the past for high-level synthesis of digital signal processing systems, and is now applied to DMFB synthesis. The results show improvements compared to List Scheduling (LS) and Path Scheduling (PS), the most efficient heuristics that have been proposed, to date, for DMFBs. FDLS was also competitive with longer-running iterative improvement DMFB scheduling algorithms based on genetic algorithms. © 2012 IEEE.

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