1 p.m. Virtual to the (Near) End – Using Virtual Platforms for Continuous Integration
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... Read More
Another standing room only morning in the general session! Intel Fellow Vivek Singh started things off with a fabulous overview of Moore’s Law, which included this assurance to all naysayers: Moore’s Law will continue because at its heart it’s about brilliant engineers solving design problems day in and day out. Given ever smaller feature sizes, advances in lithography, will be critical. Think advanced lithography is intuitive? Consider that the mask on left prints the image on the... Read More
1 p.m., Telle Whitney
Companies that have more women throughout the organization thrive — demonstrating improved ROI, increased innovation and better ability to solve problems. That was the takeaway from Telle Whitney's 1 p.m. DAC Pavilion presentation on Women, Leadership and Technology. Telle is the president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute in Palo Alto, so she knows what she's talking about.
Raise the issue of women in tech and invariably people will say it all can be explained by what’s... Read More
We’re off and running here in San Francisco at #52DAC. Brian Otis’ keynote on the Google Smart Contact Lens project, which aims to provide continuous glucose monitoring to help manage diabetes, was a standing-room only event. And for good reason. Despite decades in this industry, it’s still possible to be blown away. Inspired, too, as was my colleague and past DAC chair, Soha Hassoun.
This was the designer keynote and it was great fun to listen to Brian lay out some of the design... Read More
See you next week at Moscone!
We made it. This is blog #52 on our joint journey to DAC. Part of me can’t believe that Monday I will be opening the 52nd Design Automation Conference. It’s been a roller-coaster year of ups and downs, and I know for sure that without my amazing peers on the DAC executive committee, the conference never would have come together. Thank you guys – you have been great to work with. Let’s dazzle everyone with a stellar performance on the final... Read More
It’s come to the point where I’m counting the days to DAC – especially nerve wracking considering how much I still have to do to get ready. Just this morning I spoke with Jeff Massimilla and Craig Smith about their Wednesday morning keynote dialogue on connected cars. Helping pull together #52DAC, which includes loads of excellent content on automotive systems, has driven home (sorry) how today’s cars truly are computer platforms on wheels. This generally is great news for us as... Read More
DAC's many collocated events are just one sign of the conference's vibrant ecosystem.
While our free “I love DAC” registration comes to an end this week, there are still a few weeks left to register for the full conference, the designer and IP track, or one of the many collocated events at DAC (see below). Over the last year I’ve been reminded often about the unique niche occupied by DAC. Just last week a good friend was trying to find an industry event in the greater... Read More
When I was a little kid my parents would pack me and my sister into the car and drive to the Mediterranean for our summer camping vacation. It was quite a haul from our home on the west side of Germany near the border with Belgium to the south of France and as is true of any long car trip, the last stretch was the hardest. After hours in the backseat, my sister and I would be craning our necks, competing to be the first to see the sparkling Mediterranean Sea while constantly pestering my... Read More
I have to admit, writing the weekly blog has made the countdown to DAC a lot more apparent than it would have been otherwise. When I began blogging last year, I thought the watched-pot-never-boils maxim might apply, that time would drag and I’d run out of things to say months before the opening keynote. Instead, I’m fairly stunned to have just four more blogs to write until “my DAC year” will be over. More importantly, you have only one week left to take advantage of early registration rates... Read More
Editor's update: Anne has extended the deadline regarding boosting her donation to the Nepal relief effort. Now, for each new DAC registration through May 8, she will add $1 to her forthcoming donation to aid earthquake victims.In one of my early blog posts I explained that DAC is owned by three non-profit societies: ACM, IEEE/CEDA and EDAC. While the executive committee right now is working on a successful 52nd DAC, planning for future events has already started. Future locations are usually... Read More
Last year we moved DAC’s official opening session from Tuesday to Monday. The move makes perfect sense as there is much on the Monday schedule, including tutorials as well as the designer and IP track sessions. The opening session has always been special at DAC. It is the most popular general session as various awards are given out that day too.This is how it works: throughout the year ACM and IEEE give out numerous awards at their sponsored conferences. The awardees can choose the event where... Read More
Make sure to download and use the mobile app for #52DAC this year. It will make your time at the conference a lot easier and should even bring you a bit of fun — and a chance to win a new Apple watch.This year the app includes a game called DAC Attack. No, you don’t score by throwing virtual tomatoes at the executive committee, though we can help you rack up points. (More on this in a bit.) Rather, you simply walk the exhibit floor and scan the QR codes at exhibitors’ booths. If you can’t find... Read More
DAC 52 features lots of IoT-related content.Hype and timing aside, the IoT is likely to be the internet’s next wave. Like all new waves, IoT probably won’t bear much resemblance to the descriptions of today’s prognosticators though will lean heavily on earlier work and innovation – including by the EDA technologies that remain the core of DAC and our multibillion dollar industry, and the prime enabler of electronic design at large. Try this: Next to time you hear about IoT, the... Read More
We are having some fantastic spring weather here in Oregon. Check out the little video clip of my crazy dog Diesel at the Oregon Coast shot a few weeks back. Mind you, there is no ball in that chucker he’s dancing around for. That’s because, Kismet, my other dog you can see in the foreground, caught the ball and is bringing it to me, occasionally looking back over her shoulder at her somewhat daffy brother. I feel good about all the wonderful content that will be brought to DAC in June.... Read More
Intel Fellow Vivek SinghApril 19th will mark the 50th anniversary of Gordon Moore’s now famous paper in Electronics Magazine predicting that the number of transistors on a chip will double every year. In 1975 Moore, Intel’s co-founder, revised the period to every two years, and it is still holding true. Moore’s Law not only became a legendary prediction and long-term planning guide for the semiconductor industry but also a motivation for EDA to develop and deliver the tools that made possible... Read More