09390222 cites 56 patents.
Systems and techniques for determining a set of timing paths for creating a circuit abstraction are described. During operation, an embodiment can receive a set of circuit elements in the circuit design that are candidates for optimization. Next, the embodiment can determine a set of timing paths by identifying critical timing paths in the circuit design whose delay is affected by a change in an input capacitance of a circuit element in the set of circuit elements. The embodiment can then identify a set of side loads based on the set of timing paths, and can create the circuit abstraction by retaining circuit elements and nets on each timing path in the set of timing paths, and retaining an identifier for each side load in the set of side loads. The circuit abstraction can then be used to update timing information during optimization of the circuit element.