IEEE CEDA Corner
Thomas Harms, Chair Design Technology Committee, IEEE Council on EDA
Harms is director of EDA Alliance Management at Infineon Technologies in Munich, Germany. Within the central CAD organization he is responsible for the development and introduction of new engagement and business models for EDA vendors. Harms graduated from the Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany, with … More »
May 27th, 2011 by Thomas Harms, Chair Design Technology Committee, IEEE Council on EDA
An Open letter to the EDA industry:
The Design Technology Committee (DTC) invites EDA vendors to join us for a meeting at DAC to share with you the results of our study groups on EDA gaps and requirements requiring your near-term attention in the areas of the digital implementation flow and functional verification.
DTC Study Groups
For this purpose, the DTC had established two study groups to detail our common EDA gaps and requirements requiring your near-term attention in the areas of the digital implementation flow and functional verification.
A first set of results is now available.
We want to invite you to join the DTC for a meeting at DAC to share with you our motivation and background for this activity as well as to review these results. We then want to discuss concrete next steps/ actions how to address these gaps and requirements. The near-term goal is to review your progress at a meeting during ICCAD in November.
This meeting is open to EDA vendors active in these two design flow areas.
This meeting is not to discuss technical details but to create an alignment for common next steps and to identify concrete actions.
The results of both study groups will be presented in the DAC User Track as well.
Please contact me for the current results and background information for your review prior to the meeting.
Thank you and best regards,
May 18th, 2011 by Donatella Sciuto, President of CEDA
Nominations for will be accepted until Thursday, June 30, for this year’s Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions EDA sponsored by the EDA Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on EDA. Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate someone you know who has had a major impact on the field of EDA in business, industry direction, promotion, technology and engineering or educational or mentoring. Areas of technology and engineering impact have been expanded this year to include: analog and RF; architecture, structures and FPGA; embedded systems; formal verification; design; design for manufacturing; intellectual property; layout; simulation; synthesis; and test. Impartiality is provided to all nominees, without regard to race, gender, age or national origin.
Last year’s recipient was Pasquale (Pat) O. Pistilli, chairman of MP Associates of Louisville, Colo., who pioneered the EDA industry and built the Design Automation Conference as its premiere showcase and networking platform.
The award will be presented at a dinner ceremony in October. It was established in 1994 in honor of EDA industry pioneer Phil Kaufman, who turned innovative technologies such as silicon compilation and emulation into businesses that have benefited electronic designers.
The nomination form can be found at: http://www.edac.org/about_kaufman_award.jsp#nominations
May 4th, 2011 by Shishpal Rawat, Vice President of Technical Activities for CEDA
I’m pleased to report that Shekhar Borkar, director of Intel’s Microprocessor Technology Lab, will present a talk during DAC titled, “Truths and Myths of Embedded Computing,” as part of CEDA’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk will be held during lunch Tuesday, June 7, from noon-2 p.m. in Room #25AB at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.
Organized by Dwight Hill, principal engineer at Synopsys, it is open to all DAC attendees. Lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and because seating is limited to 150. If you plan on attending, please come early.
This is one session you won’t want to miss. According to Borkar, who hails from Portland, Ore., computers have become ubiquitous, from powerful data centers housing supercomputing clusters to tiny microcontrollers in your toothbrush. However, he notes, the embedded computing discipline does not get its fair share of attention.
During his talk, Borkar will define the scope of embedded computing, compare it to general purpose computing with appropriate metrics, challenge the myths that float around and uncover the truths. He will discuss challenges in architecture, design and test of future embedded computers, which will become omnipresent, even that will become even more ubiquitous as part of general-purpose computers.
Borkar, an Intel Fellow at Intel Labs and director of the Microprocessor Technology Lab, is responsible for directing research in technologies for Intel’s future microprocessors. He joined Intel in 1981 and worked on the design of the 8051 family of microcontrollers, iWarp multicomputer and high-speed signaling technology for Intel supercomputers. Borkar is an adjunct member of the faculty of the Oregon Graduate Institute, and has published more than 60 articles and holds 41 patents.
Borkar received a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics from the University of Bombay in 1979.
Be prepared for a thought-provoking and stimulating lunch. We look forward to seeing you.
For more information about our Distinguished Speaker Series or details on CEDA, visit: www.c-eda.org.
The DAC website can be found at: www.dac.com.
April 20th, 2011 by Shishpal Rawat, Vice President of Technical Activities for CEDA
Now that the DAC program has gone live (check it out at www.dac.com) and registration has opened, it’s time to start making plans for the week of June 5-10 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.
As a DAC sponsor, CEDA and its officers are especially proud of this year’s program and look forward to your participation. In particular, I’d like to draw your attention to the 23 co-located events and workshops. Truly, there is something for everyone this year!
CEDA is also a technical sponsor of The Workshop on Parallel Algorithms, Programming and Architectures (PAPA) which will be held Sunday, June 5. It will include invited talks that address three main categories of parallelism research to improve the understanding of progress and open problems in the cross-coupled fields of programming, algorithms and architectures. Additionally, it will serve to facilitate discussions for a better understanding of the most recent algorithms, languages and architectures.
Here’s a list of events and workshops:
For more details on these events and the entire DAC program, go to: www.dac.com.
In addition to these events, CEDA will once again host a luncheon and guest speaker during DAC. Stay tuned to this blog for more information.
And, with DAC less than two months from now, don’t delay in making your plans.
March 4th, 2011 by Donatella Sciuto, President of CEDA
I’m pleased to announce nominations have opened for the third annual IEEE CEDA Early Career Award. The award, to be presented at ICCAD in November, recognizes an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to EDA in the early stages of his or her career.
The award is based on contributions to EDA, measured by technical merit and creativity in performing research, and will be assessed by the published record of the individual and references accompanying the nomination. It is meant to be equally available to contributors from academic and commercial ventures.
Full members of the IEEE at any level, regular, senior or fellow grades, whose highest educational degree has been awarded no more than eight years prior to the date of the nomination deadline, are eligible.
Professor Igor L. Markov, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, was the first recipient of this award. Dr. Daniel, Emanuel E. Landsman associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the 2010 recipient.
Know of someone? You need to act fast for the deadline is Friday, April 15.
Some things to consider when developing the nomination:
The nomination can be made by anyone who is familiar with the individual’s work. Nominations should be submitted by email to:
For more information, visit www.ceda.org.
February 7th, 2011 by Dr. Kuehlmann, Sr. VP of R&D, Coverity Inc. and CEDA President
Looking back on 2010, I’m struck by the range of industry outreach from the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA)’s volunteers, with programs that include awards, events and publications. Before we go rushing into 2011, please bear with me as I do a bit of bragging about the past year.
CEDA recognizes the contributions of outstanding members of the EDA community by sponsoring or co-sponsoring four annual awards. In 2010, we recognized Dr. Al Dunlop, Dr. Giovanni De Micheli and Dr. Dick Smith with the Distinguished Service Award for establishing the IEEE Council on EDA.
Dr. Randal E. Bryant of Carnegie Mellon University received the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in EDA for developing Reduced Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams, forming the foundation for symbolic manipulation of logic designs.
Dr. Luca Daniel, Emanuel E. Landsman associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the recipient of the Early Career Award. Professor Daniel was recognized for his contribution to electromagnetic field analysis, parasitic variation-aware extraction and automated parameterized linear and non-linear stable model reduction.
And finally, Pat Pistilli was selected to receive the 2010 Kaufman award from CEDA and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium. He received it for pioneering the EDA industry and building the Design Automation Conference (DAC) as its premier showcase and networking platform.
Our sincere thank you to the 2010 award recipients for their contributions to the industry, along with hearty congratulations to all.
CEDA is a sponsor or co-sponsor of many of the leading conferences, workshops, industries events and meetings worldwide, and I’m delighted to announce that CEDA became a major sponsor of DATE, the key European EDA conference. We took over in 2010 the entire IEEE sponsorship share from the Computer Science Society.
The list of events is long and impressive, and too long for this post. Instead, let’s highlight some of the more visible industry events in addition to DATE, such as DAC, ICCAD and CANDE in the U.S. and ASP-DAC in Asia.
We offered two luncheon events at DAC and ICCAD as part of our ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series. Steve Teig, president and CTO of Tabula, described to an attentive DAC audience an approach to move beyond von Neumann computing. Dr. Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, opined on “Semiconductor and EDA Industry –– A new business model?” to a packed room during ICCAD. If you missed either, do not be concerned. Both were videotaped and these videotapes are available for viewing at the CEDA website.
CEDA produces four publications: Embedded Systems Letters (ESL), a forum for quick dissemination of research on embedded systems; Design and Test (D&T), both print and in an electronic format; and Transactions on Computer Aided Design (TCAD).
These activities are done by a tireless group of volunteers. As president of CEDA, I am grateful for their ongoing support and offer each one of you an opportunity to get involved as well. If you are interested, visit the CEDA website to learn more.
December 3rd, 2010 by Shishpal Rawat, Vice President of Technical Activities for CEDA
Last month during ICCAD in Santa Clara, CEDA hosted Dr. Lucio Lanza as part of its distinguished lecture series. The lecture titled, “Semiconductor and EDA Industry –– A new business model?,” was delivered to a packed room with a rapt audience.
Dr. Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, pointed out that most people, including venture capitalists, are incorrectly looking at semiconductor as a mature industry. According to his findings, nothing could be further from the truth. He pointed out that the industries themselves, such as those building digital cameras, TVs, phones and so forth may have matured, but the industries tending to those products continuously reinvented themselves and their business models. In many cases, a specific company may be mature and stalled for growth as it lacks innovation and the ability to reinvent, but certainly not the entire industry.
The EDA and semiconductor industry is suffering from this narrow view of having become a “mature” industry, Dr. Lanza noted. He stressed the need for the EDA industry to embrace new business models. In fact, it can help in this reinvention by helping drive innovation that will help new startups reduce the cost of new design through flexible software services or manufacturing operations. EDA needs to develop tools and methods for predictable system engineering, for example. In his view, this will energize and free up the entrepreneurial spirit in the product space as semiconductors reach deeper and deeper into our way of life.
This lecture, as well as a lively and thought-provoking Q&A session, is captured in the video posted on http://www.c-eda.org/index.php?menuphp=menu_dss&mainpage=distinguished.
We’re quite proud of our ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series, now entering its sixth year. These lectures are based on Best Papers from DAC, ICCAD and the IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design (TCAD), or some other key topic relevant for our community. Presenters are invited to give an in-depth presentation of their work, going beyond the published paper and conference talk. Each lecture either takes place in front of a live audience of experts or is captured in a studio setting.
For more information about our Distinguished Speaker Series or details on CEDA, visit: www.c-eda.org.
November 12th, 2010 by Dr. Kuehlmann, Sr. VP of R&D, Coverity Inc. and CEDA President
Pat Pistilli is a name long associated with the Electronic Design Automation industry. In fact, Pat was instrumental in creating the EDA profession and building the Design Automation Conference as its premier showcase and networking platform. It’s fitting, then, that he should be this year’s recipient of the Phil Kaufman Award, presented annually by the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).
To get a better sense of Pat and his accomplishments, click on any one of the profiles on Pat below. Each writer found a slightly different angle and unearthed a new and compelling story told by Pat Pistilli in his own indomitable way.
Sit back and prepare to be entertained!
Cool Verification 8/26
By JL Gray
Boulder County Business Report (9/3)
EDACafe Audio Interviews (9/10)
By Graham Bell
By Richard Goering
By Gabe Moretti
By Gabe Moretti
By John Blyler
The Standards Game (10/15)
By Karen Bartleson
By Byron Moyer
By Peggy Aycinena
If you haven’t met Pat Pistill, a resident of Boulder, Colo., make it a point to be at the 48th Design Automation Conference June 5-10, 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. He will be there, as he always is, along with his wife, Marie.
You may wonder about the Phil Kaufman Award, presented annually since 1994, to honor individuals who have had a demonstrable impact on the field of EDA. It was established as a tribute to EDA industry pioneer Phil Kaufman, who turned innovative technologies, such as silicon compilation and emulation into businesses that have benefited electronic designers. Phil Kaufman died unexpectedly July 17, 1992, on a business trip in Japan after more than 25 years in the computer industry. At the time, he was CEO of Quickturn Systems, now part of Cadence Design Systems. In addition, he was chairman and president of Silicon Compiler Systems where he was instrumental in advancing the concept of silicon compilation.
October 24th, 2010 by Shishpal Rawat, Vice President of Technical Activities for CEDA
The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) welcomes Dr. Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, to ICCAD Tuesday, November 9, at noon in the Donner/Siskiyou Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif.
Dr.Lanza will offer a talk titled, “Semiconductor and EDA Industry, A New Business Model,” during a luncheon open to all full ICCAD conference and Tuesday conference-only registrants. He will address the need for the EDA industry to embrace new business models to help drive innovation that will help new startups reduce the cost of new design through flexible software services or manufacturing operations.
Managing Director of Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, Dr. Lanza is uniquely qualified to discuss changes necessary to the existing eco-system. Previously, he was a venture partner and a general partner at USVP, and has an extensive background in the semiconductor and EDA industry, serving as an executive at Cadence Design Systems., Daisy Systems and Intel. Dr. Lanza serves on the board of directors of several public and private companies.
CEDA will sponsor a live webcast of the Keynote Session presented by Dr. James C. Bouwer, physicist and principal development engineer from University of California at San Diego, Monday, November 8. Dr. Bouwer will present “Multi-Scale Microscopy of the Nervous System: The Challenge of Imaging and Organizing Data across Spatial Scales Spanning Twelve Orders of Magnitude.” The webcast link will be open at 9 a.m. P.D.T. and will remain open until the question and answer session. To participate, go to: cadence.mediasite.com/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=243fdb5b4c794af1aa95d018dae6e9a91d
For more details on CEDA, visit the CEDA website located at: www.c-eda.org.
Information on ICCAD can be found at: www.iccad.com.
See you at ICCAD!
August 30th, 2010 by Thomas Harms, Chair Design Technology Committee, IEEE Council on EDA
The Design Technology Committee (DTC) represents EDA users from system and semiconductor companies to form a strong partnership with the EDA industry. The DTC wants to engage with EDA vendors in bi-directional discussions on common EDA needs and requirements and overall industry, system design and technology directions.
The DTC will align its members on standardization topics and will coordinate them closely with the existing standards development organizations, such as Accellera, the IEEE DA Standards Committee and the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2). Along with the identification of newly needed standards and standards extensions, the committee will establish common directions for ongoing standardization activities.
Often, the DTC members experience similar challenges in system design. These challenges continue to increase with migrations to newer technology nodes and the integration of more and more functionalities onto a single system or into a single package. At the same time, our design teams need to become more productive and efficient in order to reduce cycle times and product development cost.
We have, however, observed that despite that the challenges are similar, they are often addressed in different but somewhat similar ways. This leads to inefficiencies that prevent the easy reuse of IP and lead to many different approaches in EDA tools to address the same problem.
Instead of trying to solve our EDA requirements in numerous one-on-one discussions between EDA user companies and EDA vendors, the DTC wants to establish a more common set of EDA needs and requirements and discuss them with the EDA industry. This will allow us all to streamline and accelerate the efficient development of required EDA functionalities.
Furthermore, it will free up experienced resources at EDA vendor and EDA user companies to focus on value-added differentiation for the benefit of the individual companies.
In the age of partnerships within the system and semiconductor value chain, it is now time to look also for partnerships in areas of common interest across these value chains.
Since our formation last year, we have grown membership to its current list of senior CAD representatives from AMD, Broadcom, Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corporation, Infineon Technologies, Intel, LSI Corp, Oracle, STMicroelectronics, STARC and Texas Instruments. We will be expanding this list even further in the current year.
The DTC looks forward to fruitful and cooperative discussions with the EDA industry and standards organizations to accelerate relevant EDA, CAD and methodology development for the benefit of system design teams worldwide.