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Peggy Aycinena
Peggy Aycinena
Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at www.aycinena.com. She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com.

Smart Grid: DATE, DAC, IoT

 
January 16th, 2014 by Peggy Aycinena

With this week’s news of Google’s $3+ billion purchase of NEST, the connected home, the Internet of Things [IoT], and the Smart Grid are moving to an even higher level of public awareness. The European design automation community has showcased that awareness for some time at DATE, with multiple sessions each year addressing issues related to the optimization of power distribution and usage at all levels of abstraction within the digital ecosystem. This year is no different. Sessions in Dresden in late March at DATE 2014 include:

* Green Computing Systems: Design experiences in industrial or academic projects with high industrial relevance or high environmental impact, chaired by Boston University’s Ayse Coskun and University of Bologna’s Martino Ruggiero.

* Automotive Systems and Smart Energy Systems: Design experiences for automotive systems, smart energy systems, energy scavenging and harvesting for embedded systems, chaired by University of Trento’s Davide Brunelli and NXP’s Bart Vermeulen.

* Cyber-Physical Systems: Modeling, design, architecture, optimization and analysis of CPS — chaired by Braunschweig Technical University’s Rolf Ernst and MIT’s Anuradha Annaswamy

The program for DAC 2014, set to unfold in early June in San Francisco, is not yet available, but last year in Austin, the DAC 2013 program also included sessions that touched on Smart Grid issues. Among them:

* They are all Networks: A workshop about Analysis and Optimization for Electronics, Water, Electricity, and Bio, organized by IBM Research’s Peter Feldmann and Frank Liu.

* Cyber-Physical System Software: Emperor’s New Clothes or Not, moderated by Dortmund Technical University’s Peter Marwedel.

It remains to be seen how much coverage the Smart Grid will get at DAC 2014, but the IoT is now as hot a topic as The Cloud was several years back, and the Smart Grid is a part of the IoT equation, so expect these topics to be carefully worked into the conversation in San Francisco.

In addition, now that Google has extended its reach into connectivity hardware associated with the IoT, two things might also be expected: 1) Google will have an even greater interest in the art and science of design automation, and 2) EDAC will soon welcome Google into its ranks.

If you think that’s unlikely, here’s an easy one-word response to your skepticism: Oracle.


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