The Design Automation Conference (DAC), scheduled for July 26 - 31 in San Francisco, is announcing a new technical initiative focused on highlighting challenges and benefits of EDA tools. The initiative will ask end-users, application engineers, or a vendor-customer team to submit their experiences in innovative tool use or overcoming current tool challenges. The subject may target system-level design or design back-end at all levels, and across all application domains.
Leon Stok, Director, Electronic Design Automation with the IBM Systems and Technology Group and co-chair of the new initiative, stated that: "A suitable user-track paper has at its core a flow for combining and applying point-tool design, optimization, and analysis to build blocks that achieve particular design goals. A paper may be specific in scope (e.g., floorplan-stage substrate coupling) and/or application domain (e.g., designing wireless handsets)."
Unlike regular technical papers, the user-track is designed with the tool users (hardware and software designers, application and flow engineers, consultants, and methodology developers) in mind. The rules to participate in this track are simple. Authors need to submit a 2-page extended abstract by Dec 19, 2008. The abstract should highlight what you can offer in the form of an oral or poster presentation at DAC. Information on how to submit a proposal can be found on the DAC web site.
After the technical committee reviews and accepts the proposal, the author or authors will be invited to present in the form of a oral presentation of appropriate length or poster session. The presentations will be made available over the web at the DAC web site within a few weeks after DAC. An award, based both on the detailed presentation submission and the final presentation during DAC will be given.
Soha Hassoun, of Tufts University, who co-chairs the event explained that: "The technical committee evaluating the submissions is composed of industrial end-users. They will use several criteria in evaluating submissions. First, the authors must clearly outline their innovative contribution in tool use or design flow that allows achieving particular design goals. Second, the authors must summarize the results of tool use on real designs or case studies. The results may be obtained by measurable quantitative criteria (successful tool use, runtime for tools, optimality of results, productivity enhancement), or simplification or automation of manual effort, and so on."