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Sensitivity Analysis in Xyce

Keiter, Eric R.; Swiler, Laura P.; Russo, Thomas V.; Wilcox, Ian Z.

Parametric sensitivities of dynamic system responses are very useful in a variety of applications, including circuit optimization and uncertainty quantification. Sensitivity calculation methods fall into two related categories: direct and adjoint methods. Effective implementation of such methods in a production circuit simulator poses a number of technical challenges, including instrumentation of device models. This report documents several years of work developing and implementing di- rect and adjoint sensitivity methods in the Xyce circuit simulator. Much of this work sponsored by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program at Sandia National Labora- tories, under project LDRD 14-0788.