Wind River Systems' Jakob Engblom shared this anecdote about one aerospace customer that had recently shifted from doing testing and integration in a hardware test lab to a virtual (i.e., mostly software-based) system. One day, an engineer at the company involved in testing breathlessly announced to his colleagues a discovery he'd just made: the hardware test lab had been disassembled and lots of the equipment was gone! One of his colleagues blithely replied that in fact the hardware lab hadn't been used in months since the team moved to a more software-based approach to simulate various hardware configurations.
Jakob, who traveled to DAC from Kista, Sweden, sang the praises of virtualized platforms, including that they help test engineers more honestly answer the question, Do you test what you need to test or what you can test? In hardware test labs, given the reconfiguration challenge, it's too often the latter. Still, Jakob said, despite all the advantage of virtualized platforms, the canonical rule still applies: "You still need the hardware lab to run the final QA. There is no replacing the mantra, 'test what you fly and fly what you test.'"
2 p.m. The State of the Internet of Things: Promises, Opportunities and Roadblocks
Here's one way IoT will change the world, said Mark Wright at Ayla Networks: soon, for the first time in history, manufacturers will have near real-time visibility into how their products are being used in the wild. Say you build appliances, perhaps a clothes dryer with 10 settings. If this dryer is IoT enabled, you might get data that the vast majority of your customers only use two of these settings. So optimize those two settings and ditch the rest!
Oh, and how are we going to get to the oft-cited stat of 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020? The big opportunity, Mark said, was not with new IoT companies like Nest (as cool as those smart smoke detectors and thermostats are, and yes, I have seen all the ads here in San Francisco). Rather, pay attention when companies like Kidde, a longtime leader in smoke alarms that ships orders of magnitude more devices than Nest, adds connectivity to established product lines.
Mark was joined by Amit Gupta of Solido Design Automation and Karim Arabi of Qualcomm on a panel moderated by James Hogan, who did a great job as always. Here's a picture of the four in action which may document a first for DAC: an all-Canadian panel! (James said his mother was Canadian so I guess that counts.)
3:30 p.m. The Perfect Storm: Trends in Functional Verification
Mentor Graphics' chief verification scientist Harry Foster packed them as he usually does. He delivered a short synopsis of a paper he's presenting this year at DAC that you'll have to track down if you want the full story of what is the most comprehensive worldwide study of functional verification ever conducted. Two tidbits from the study to tide you over:
- verification consumed 57% of project time in 2014, up from 46% in 2007
- autoformal applications are growing at a 27% CAGR, making them the second fastest growing segment in EDA
I hope today spawned some new connections for you. See you tomorrow at 9 a.m. for our keynote on cyber threats to connected cars!