DAC this year has its work cut out for it. The recession has hit the EDA industry hard and every player is being frugal in evaluating expenditures. Nevertheless the organizers of the 46th annual conference and exhibits will make the best of it.
This year DAC is offering a new workshop on Virtual Platforms as a way to bridge the gap between hardware and software developers. Presenters representing user, IP developer and EDA tool vendor will explore timing mechanisms in TLM (Transaction-Level Modeling), integration of RTL Models into Virtual Platforms for complex multicore systems, and platform composition and refinement.
Industry experts will share their experiences in software functional verification, architectural exploration on VPs, combining TLM-2.0 code with legacy virtual platforms, and system verification.
Speakers include experts from Cadence Design Systems, Carbon Design Systems, CoWare, EVE, GreenSocs, Imperas, Intel, Open Virtual Platforms, Posedge Software, Qualcomm, and Synopsys.
You can register for the Wednesday, July 29 all day workshop.
The day before at noon you can partake in the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) where Jeannette M. Wing, assistant director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will speak on the "Frontiers in Research and Education in Computing: A View from the NSF."
Wing is assistant director of NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE), an organization that funds 84 percent of all academic computer science research in the United States. Wing is also the President's Professor of Computer Science in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.
The lunch is open to all DAC attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.
Alternatively, take in the "Town Hall Meeting: Can We Afford for Start-Ups to Wind Down?", chaired by
venture capitalist Lucio Lanza who will have speakers from Intel Capital, Needham & Company, and Denali Software consider the long-term health of the semiconductor industry.
The only thing standing in your way now is your boss' OK to travel to San Fran last week of July.