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Seeking input on DAC's strategy

Sean Murphy
9/28/2010 00:02 AM EDT

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docdivakar
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docdivakar   10/1/2010 4:59:45 PM
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The big EDA often talks about cloud computing and SaaS model but I am yet to see any progress toward offering them as products. The EDA industry will see a slow down as the adoption of smaller technology nodes will be cost prohibitive for many. Therefore reduced cost of using EDA tools will help many smaller businesses and enterprises. This is one area where DAC can create a forum for innovative approaches. The EDA industry is seeing a so called paradigm shift with the emergence of 3D stacked chip designs. The ecosystem for 3D is multidisciplinary and I would like to see participation from simulation tools vendors that provide stress, electromigration, thermal and coupled simulation tools. Dr. MP Divakar

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Joe Bloggs   10/1/2010 3:37:58 AM
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I would also like to see a resurrection of the IEEE IWLS programming challenge. It would be nice to have more programming challenges for various domains of EDA, such as high-level synthesis, equivalence checking, circuit simulation, power optimization, signal integrity analysis, and layout and parasitic extraction. It would be doubly nice if benevolent people from the industry can volunteer their time to create industry-grade benchmarks for the programming contests, kinda like what Dr. Cliff Sze is doing with ISPD and its programming contests. In addition, it would be awesome if there are outreach events for underrepresented minorities, such as African Americans, Latinos/Latinas, and Native Americans. In addition, it would be nice if the DAC Workshop for Women in Electronic Design can be made free for female attendees, and highly affordable for male feminists.

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p_g   10/1/2010 2:37:36 AM
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Fees is certainly a big factor why small firms avoid sending their people to DAC. I would suggest to have few open tickets per company so we can have more representative for small firms. I feel more student crowd should be there to pump in new ideas and thoughts. Say we provide some new hot issue to solve in previous year so that student get 1 year to put their thoughts together and present something which not only help EDA companies but also provide students a platform to showcase their work.

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Joe Bloggs   9/30/2010 10:45:11 AM
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With regards to educational opportunities, I would like to have significantly more affordable fees for DAC tutorials, so that EDA professionals, unemployed EDA engineers, and graduate students can attend them to upgrade their skills and learn about contemporary techniques, or emerging problems. I would also like to see an expansion of the Design Automation Summer School (DASS) held just before DAC (in odd years). DASS introduces advanced undergraduates and graduate students (as well as unemployed EDA engineers in 2009) to emerging trends and challenges in EDA and the semiconductor industry. It is a great educational and networking opportunity, which can benefit unemployed EDA engineers and recent graduates tremendously. Specifically, I would like DASS to be held every year. Also, I would like DASS to cover most of the topics in EDA, from ESL design and verification to physical design, from logic verification to circuit simulation, as well as DFM, TCAD, MEMS design automation, and EDA tools for analog and mixed-signal design, verification, and testing. Moreover, I would like to be able to purchase affordable books on EDA and related topics at DAC. Some publishers have representatives to sell EDA books at a discount in the exhibition hall at DAC. I would like to be able to purchase (hard copy) books on EDA at lower prices, or get discounts to purchase PDF copies of these books. Lastly, I would like the DAC university program for advanced undergraduates and junior graduate students to be expanded to include all graduate students, recent graduates, and unemployed EDA engineers. It is a great networking opportunity for attendees, and recent graduates can benefit tremendously from this, especially in this recession.

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Joe Bloggs   9/30/2010 10:45:06 AM
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More importantly, given that the semiconductor manufacturing processes may change significantly soon, I would like to see EDA professionals and graduate students discuss how important it is to address current and emerging problems in VLSI design and verification. Do we try to placate the demands of EDA customers as best as we can for the time being, while we carry out research on EDA tools and methodologies for the next generation of semiconductor manufacturing processes? Or, do we devote most of our resources to address contemporary design and verification challenges, at the risk of not being able to provide EDA tools and methodologies for the next generation of semiconductor manufacturing processes earlier than other EDA companies? In addition, I want to see opportunities for EDA professionals with advanced degrees to interact with professors and graduate students to discuss how can professors adapt their EDA educational and research programs to address emerging challenges in the design and verification of VLSI circuits and systems as well as embedded systems. Here, EDA professionals can talk about what did they wish they had learned about in graduate school, what did they have to learn at work (which they could not have learned in grad school), and they can give suggestions on how to improve EDA educational programs (or what they would like to see in such programs).

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Joe Bloggs   9/30/2010 10:44:27 AM
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In regards to the third question, I would like to see more networking and educational opportunities for EDA professionals and graduate students. Pertaining to networking opportunities, small-group moderated discussions between EDA professionals and graduate students (possibly chaired by professors, managers at EDA companies, or VLSI designers) would help. The discussions can revolve around the following: how to improve their productivity in software development to develop products in short time-to-market periods; how to address contemporary and emerging issues in VLSI design, verification, and testing; and what are the problems that VLSI designers and verification engineers really want EDA developers to resolve; hence, this is why I suggest that some VLSI designers or verification engineers moderate such discussions. I suggested that EDA professionals and graduate students talk about software development methodologies and processes, since students are elite graduate programs in electrical engineering and computer science may use languages, as well as software development tools, methodologies, and processes that may not be used in large EDA firms. Hence, EDA professionals would get to learn from graduate students in elite EDA graduate programs. Also, EDA professionals may have programming techniques to handle large sets of data (e.g., TB-scale) that some EDA graduate students have yet to figure out. Thus, I believe that such discussions can be tremendously beneficial, especially if participants are humble, friendly, and helpful.

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Joe Bloggs   9/30/2010 10:43:41 AM
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Concerning the second question, I would like to see highly affordable DAC registration fees, so that entrepreneurs of EDA start-ups would be encouraged to attend DAC. Dr. Aart de Geus mentioned about techonomics, and how EDA start-ups should take advantage of the customer-support network and marketing reach/arms of the 3 big EDA companies to sell and support their EDA products. Hence, I would like to have opportunities at DAC for EDA entrepreneurs to talk to representatives of the big 3 EDA companies on how they can do that. In addition, I would like to have opportunities to network with EDA entrepreneurs, so that EDA entrepreneurs can discuss how they can pool their resources in product support and PR/sales/marketing together.

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Joe Bloggs   9/30/2010 10:43:13 AM
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Mr. Murphy, Here are some suggestions for DAC. The significant issues and problems that I would like the DAC Strategy Committee for 2011 help DAC attendees talk about and collaborate on are: 1) Issues associated with electronic system-level (ESL) design and verification, including multi-objective design space exploration, hardware/software co-design and co-verification, software synthesis (automatic source code generation), automatic mapping of software applications onto platforms of multi- or many-core processors, hardware/software partitioning, and power-aware operating system design 2) Design-for-Manufacturability (DFM) and Technology CAD (TCAD) for nanoscale process technologies, including those that would support emerging EUV lithographic processes 3) Concurrent programming techniques and methodologies, especially for platforms of multi- or many-core processors 4) Holistic EDA tool development, including physical synthesis that ties logic synthesis with physical design, DFM-aware physical design and logic synthesis, as well as variability- and reliability- aware ESL design. It would also include ESL challenges for specific domains, such as electronic systems for the automotive and aerospace industries, for medical equipment, for military applications, as well as for small, portable, wireless consumer products (such as netbooks, smart phones, and tablet computers).

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