It seems to be one of DAC’s best kept secrets – right up there with what happened to Free Monday – that about 30 percent of the conference content is focused on embedded systems and software (ESS). The call for contributions is still open and I want to remind you that you can submit your research work in ESS to DAC. When Leon Stok of IBM was General Chair for the 48th DAC he started our embedded initiative, challenging us to achieve a 30/70 split between ESS and traditional... Read More
I’m sure you are all eager to hear a report from the DAC Executive Committee meeting last week in Portland. The important things first: the weather was great and the team cooking event – it’s hard to imagine a better team-building exercise – was a ton of fun. Nobody threw food at me and we had no accidents in the kitchen. Well, except for the fact that Ramesh Karri, our security chair, attempted to get me out of the picture by chopping a devilish little red pepper into... Read More
This week we have our in-person Executive Committee meeting in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I know I’m biased but I really believe that Portland is worth a visit. It’s a very walkable city with some hidden gems downtown such as the Lan Su Chinese Garden, an oasis in our small but vibrant Chinatown, and Waterfront Park down by the Willamette River. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather stays nice so I can show my colleagues some of these sights. We... Read More
Most of us have one of more people that had a huge impact on our life. For me one of those is my former husband, Klaus Cirkel. We met when we were still at university, RWTH Aachen, in western Germany. I was slowly making my way through the metallurgy curriculum. Well, Klaus was the total opposite. He was driven and his drive was infectious. He motivated me to expedite my degree then to take the risk and move to Munich with him. A rather big step for a country girl! Our marriage didn’... Read More
Are you a procrastinator? For the record, I am. My creative juices flow much better when I’m under deadline. However my tendency to delay does have downside. Last weekend we had planned to go backpacking in Three Sisters Wilderness. I love that part of Central Oregon, especially when the kids are back in school as it is really serene and quiet up there – well, apart from my younger Schnauzer Diesel, who is rather protective of us, the tent, the food, the lake, the trail, the... Read More
These cooler, shorter days can only mean one thing: it’s time to get in the last beautiful late summer, early autumn motorcycle rides. Surprised? Well, I ride a 2005 Harley Davidson Dyna Low Rider. I’m a picky rider who prefers the kind of perfect weather conditions that have prevailed in Oregon during the last few weekends. Here is a little clip from a recent tour around Crater Lake in southern Oregon with my friend Terence. It was my first time using a GoPro camera, which we mounted on... Read More
Most early mornings, I take my two Miniature Schnauzers for a long walk in Portland’s Forest Park. For those of you new to Portland, our Forest Park is the largest urban forest in the United States, with more than 5,000 acres and 80 beautiful hiking trails and paths. It is wonderful way to start the day, with the blue sky framed by the deep green foliage. It’s still fairly quiet at 7:00 am, and as long as I can keep up with Kismet and Diesel, I have some of my most creative thinking of... Read More
Next weekend is Hood to Coast, one of the largest and longest relay races in the world — and one that, like DAC, is only possibly thanks to legions of volunteers. The trailer below for a 2011 documentary about the race does a good job capturing the its atmosphere. (The full version of the film is available on iTunes and Amazon. By the way, who’s ready to sign up to do the documentary about DAC?) Hood to Coast is actually three events in one: the main 199-mile running relay from Mt. Hood to... Read More
I’m sticking with the theme of financial housekeeping given the DAC-related meeting I’m off to this week. Several of us on the executive committee are getting together to audit the 2014 conference and begin budget planning for the 52nd DAC. Prosaic stuff, I know, though it’s an important part of being good stewards to our main sponsors, who I blogged about two weeks ago. Of course we’re also trying to do right by all past and potential future DAC attendees, who I’m hoping appreciate more... Read More
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