When I grew up I was considered a rather difficult child. I couldn’t focus on a single task for long and sitting in the classroom, especially in elementary school, was sheer agony. I vividly remember one morning in third grade when, in the middle of a math test, I looked out the window and noticed a helicopter flying by. This was a notably more interesting fact than the numbers and equations on the paper at my desk. So (quite reasonably, I thought) I jumped up, ran to the window, and... Read More
In June I was chatting with an editor unfamiliar with DAC and he was wondering who owns the conference. It’s a fair question and I recall thinking I’d blog about it as part of my effort to boost understanding of DAC. After all, my goal is to let you glimpse behind the curtain and that means touching on the prosaic though very important issue of ownership.
First, the basics. DAC is owned by three nonprofit organizations: ACM, IEEE/CEDA, and EDAC. Trade show management company MP Associates has... Read More
As we reach the midpoint of summer, it’s time to kick back and enjoy vacation and the sunshine. But don’t get too relaxed, because paper submissions are just around the corner.
Turning up the temperature on paper submissions
Last week I introduced you to DAC’s two technical program co-chairs Sharon Hu and Rob Aitken. They lead our technical program committee, a world-wide volunteer network of distinguished researchers. If you have followed my blogs so... Read More
While the conflicts around the world are overshadowing my complete euphoria, I have to admit that I’m still in Fussball wow-land right now. Germany won the World Cup! What an amazing goal from youngster Mario Goetze! Here is what the 22-year-old forward from Bayern-Muenchen had to say after the game: "Andre [Schurrle] put in a superb ball and I was able to control it on my chest, then somehow the ball was in the net." It was a beautiful goal!
Browsing through some German blogs... Read More
In Brazil the drama continues, though that may be understating what happened yesterday. I’m still rendered nearly speechless by the result from Belo Horizonte, where all sorts of history was made. Of course I’m thrilled that Germany has a chance to win its first World Cup since 1990, though like much of Fussball-fandom I’m stunned and even a bit unnerved at how easy they made it look in the semifinal. Surely the absence of Neymar and Silva didn’t help matters for Brazil... Read More
Are you following the World Cup? I am. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m German, so soccer (rather, Fussball) is much more up my alley than football or baseball will ever be.
When it comes to DAC planning, we are still at the fun, early stage of casting about widely for ideas and feedback. Mostly now we’re looking to prompt a bit of creative discussion, a challenge since the majority of you are probably thinking far more about soccer than semiconductors or software at... Read More
Last week I bought a new car. Of course I was excited about the big purchase, though I also agonized as I finally gave in and bought my first car with an automatic transmission. This is huge for me as I have always driven stick shifts. I like to be in control of how the car is driven and only chose an automatic because I’m simply tired of my limited options here in the United States. The sales guy at BMW told me that only 3-6% percent of cars sold in this country have a manual... Read More
I briefly mentioned last week that I want to give you a glimpse behind the curtain of the DAC operation during the year. One goal of this blog is to give you some insight into the work the fabulous volunteers for DAC are doing. And that’s not only the 20 volunteers on the DAC Executive Committee. From the technical program committees all the way to the marketing committee, the event is entirely shaped by volunteers.
The idea of being General Chair freaked me out a little in the... Read More
The DAC executive committee closed the 51st DAC on Friday. And guess what? Right afterwards we had the first planning meeting for next year’s conference, for which I’ll serve as General Chair. Since most attendees don’t really get a glimpse behind the curtain into these sorts of activities, I thought I’d experiment by blogging my way to next June in San Francisco.
I plan to publish on a regular basis, thus the blog’s title “52 Weeks of DAC”. I admit... Read More
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:48 by Michelle Clancy
The 2014 DAC program will be live March 27 and for those who just can’t wait, here is a sneak peak of one of the new initiatives at the show. This year DAC introduces a brand new track focused 100% on IP! The IP Track will be on Monday, June 2nd and includes six sessions running in two rooms adjoining the exhibit floor. This track provides creators and users of IP with an open forum to exchange information on state-... Read More
With the 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC) only 18 weeks away, the program is starting to come together. This year DAC will feature three new tracks: Automotive, IP and Security, along with the tradition of offering the best-in-class solutions that promise to advance electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems and software (ESS).
While the planning committees are working diligently to finalize the program, here are a few sneak previews that are worth noting in... Read More
Last Wednesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View the EDA industry came together to celebrate 50 years of EDA. I would guess I knew close to half the people there, proving that if you hang around in a small industry for 30 years then you get to know a lot of faces. The event was black-tie optional but a lot of people had chosen to wear a tux.
The evening started with a champagne reception and then we moved into the main dining area for wine and hors d’oeuvre. There was a... Read More
October 16th at the Computer History Museum, EDAC is hosting EDA: Back to the Future to celebrate 50 years of EDA. EDAC always has a fall event of some sort and historically it has been the Kaufman Award Dinner. This year, the Kaufman Award was presented (to Chenming Hu) at 50th DAC, so the fall EDAC calendar was open. Since Calma was founded in November 1963, which seems near enough to count as the beginning of EDA, EDAC decided to throw a big party - an industry reunion of sorts - to... Read More
OK, you have to squint and look at the data just right...I was at the SEMI lunch last week. One interesting fact that Brian Mattas of IC Insights presented was that if you take TSMC's revenue and look at the final semiconductor sales (so not whwhat TSMC sells raw silicon for but what Xilinx and Qualcomm and Broadcom sell into the end markets) then TSMC and its fabless semiconductor company partners has a revenue that has just passed Intels' revenue. That is making the not unreasonable... Read More
Jim Hogan is having his annual charity barbecue at his home in Santa Cruz on labor day weekend. This year it is a luau. It is from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday August 31st at 2181 Sunny Acres Drive, Santa Cruz. It requires a donation of $50 per person with the money being a benefit for FleaHab of Santa Cruz county. Kids are free. Get tickets here. FleaHab was founded in 2011 by surf legend Darryl "Flea" Virostko. It integrates exercise and a healthy lifestyle into the recovery process for... Read More