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Electronic design is at the crossroads? It's much worse than that!

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Gerry Gaffney
7/13/2009 04:00 AM EDT

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Wardini
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re: Electronic design is at the crossroads? It's much worse than that!
Wardini   7/16/2009 12:34:06 AM
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I always say that good Verilog and VHDL coders already know what the design looks like before they start writing code to describe it. I'm optimistic that this will not always be the case but currently it still seems to be true.

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jackOfManyTrades   7/14/2009 6:40:28 AM
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MeirG, I think you are absolutely right. If you're designing hardware, then you're designing hardware NOT software and should think about the hardware you're designing. The language is just a means to an end. If having to learn VHDL or Verilog is a problem to you, then perhaps you're in the wrong job.

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MeirG   7/14/2009 5:54:02 AM
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C, C++ and their kin are single thread languages by their very nature. We are waiting more than three decades for someone to make such ordinary software to concurrently run, automatically, without any hand-written code, on multiple computers, now coyly referred to as "cores". IMHO, we will have to wait a couple more decades for that, if it will ever arrive. In contrast, FPGA's concurrency and parallelism are many orders of scale more parallel than multi-threaded/multi-core parallelism. And it is not the language that is the barrier to taking advantage of such technology. It is the mindset of programmers which is the barrier! As a system engineer and a tutor of numerous programmers, I have witnessed how difficult it was to turn ordinary Computer Science graduates into Multi-Tasking, Real-Time programmers. And lately, trying to turn such into hardware designers was excruciatingly more difficult, if at all possible. Hardware designers must be raised to be such from the outset; it cannot be done in retrospect. It is the mindset, dummy?

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