The MINCE heuristic for variable-ordering  can successfully
reduce the size of BDDs and accelerate SAT-solving. Applications
to reachability analysis have also been successful . The main
drawback of MINCE is its implementation complexity - the authors
used a pre-existing min-cut placer  that is several times larger
than any existing SAT solver. Tweaking MINCE is difficult.
In this work we propose a replacement heuristic, FORCE which is
easy to implement from scratch and tweak. It is dramatically faster
than MINCE in practice. While FORCE may produce seemingly
inferior variable orderings, the difference with MINCE orderings
does not affect subsequent SAT-solving.
Categories and Subject Descriptors
I.1 [Symbolic and Algebraic Manipulation]: Algorithms.
Algorithms, Performance, Experimentation, Verification.
BDDs, SAT, CNF, backtrack search, variable order, pre-processing,
hypergraph, partitioning, placement.