Before we know it the Design Automation Conference will be upon us. While you and I may just have started planning for it, the program committee has almost finished and with this being a special year – DACs 50th anniversary, they have some new and exciting things for us. First is a new location. DAC has never been held in Austin before and only once in Texas. Why Austin? First, there are a lot of chip and IP companies in that area with a particular specialty being processors. Second, many of these people have never been to DAC before and so the vendors will have a whole new set of people to wow with their latest offerings and a whole new set of people will be able to see what all the fuss is about when the industry talks about DAC. Third, Austin is a nice city and is much cheaper than exhibiting or staying at that - say San Francisco. While there may be extra travel costs for some, it could be made up for by cheaper expenses in other departments.
I spoke with Yervant Zorian chief architect at Synopsys and this year’s General Chair. In this blog I want to concentrate on a new feature of DAC year – something they are calling SKY talks. I asked Yervant what these were and where the idea came from.
Yervant: Let me start by stepping back. For a normal DAC we do three keynotes. Being the 50th DAC we thought there would be an opportunity to cover a wider spectrum quantitatively and qualitatively and so we would expand to having six keynotes this year. So we carved space in the program for this. We have the two keynotes on Monday that will be given by CEOs from Autsin, then on Tuesday we have one from Samsung Korea, two on Wednesday – back to back that will concentrate more on the computing side of things – one from TI and one from Qualcomm and finally a forward looking keynote on Thursday.
But we still thought that this was still not sufficient. We wanted to have keynotes that looked at the past a little bit and the future. So wanted to have some more talks within the technical sessions, but not of the plenary length and that would run in parallel with other sessions of the program. These would cover other technical domains beside the big picture covered by the plenary keynotes. So we added six SKY talks, which stands for Short KeYnotes, and will concentrate on more technical topics. A plenary keynote may be given by a CEO, but one of these would be given by a Chief Technical Officer, for example.
Brian: So what is being taken out of the program to accommodate all of the extra keynotes?
Yervant: Actually, we have more parallelism in the program so nothing is being taken out. These SKY talks will be given by IBM, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, DARPA, D.E. Shaw Research and Stanford University. For example, the talk from DARPA will concentrate on what happens after FinFETs and the future for semiconductor technology. Other talks will concentrate on analog or high-performance computing, so a broad range of topics.
In the next DAC related blog, we will be looking at other changes to the program.
– keeping you covered
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