July 20, 2009
DAC: A Standing Ovation for All …
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Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor

by Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor
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Let’s give a standing ovation for all of the hard-working folks putting together DAC this year. Late July is a hellish time to be trying to mount a tech conference in one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. – particularly in the midst of the worst recession in decades.

If you’re on the
Executive Committee (that‘s you, Andrew, Sachin, Patrick, Narendra, Yervant, Limor, Dennis, Greg, Soha, Leon, Nanette, Georges, Kazutoshi, Diana, Ramesh, and Anne), stand up and take a bow!

If you’re working for
MP Associates (that‘s you, Kevin, Lee, Susie, Nannette, Kathy, Regina, Marie, Pat, and staff), stand up and take a bow!

If you’re
chairing a Workshop or a Tutorial, and you’re a’feared it will be under-attended, but you’re persevering nonetheless, stand up and take a bow!

If you produce the
DACeZine (that‘s you, Gabe and Nanette), stand up and take a bow!

If you’re hosting the
Denali party (that’s you, Sanjay), stand up and take a bow!

If you’ve contributed Big Bucks to facilitate a free Exhibition Hall all week long with the fabulous
DAC Fan Club (that’s you, Scott, Sanjay, Ajoy, and your respective teams), stand up and take a bow!

If you work for
EDAC (that’s you, Bob, Jennifer, and Paul), stand up and take a bow!

If you’re
giving a keynote (that’s you Wally (x2), Aart, and Lip-Bu), stand up and take a bow!

If you’re paying tens of thousands of dollars (or
orders of magnitude more) to
exhibit at DAC, even though you’re not sure you can afford it (that’s too many of you to name), stand up and take a bow!

If you’re
laboring to prepare Press Releases in a last manic rush just before the show (that’s all of you out there in PR and Marketing), stand up and take a bow!

If you’re leaving early, getting home late, and losing sleep trying to figure out if you’ve done everything you should’ve and could’ve done
to make it all a success for your committee, your company, your organization, your publication, your reputation, and/or your bottom line, at the expense of time with family and friends (and that’s pretty much all of you), stand up and take a bow!

And, if you’re not on this list, but should be and
can’t believe I forgot to mention you, stand up and take a bow!

I salute you and look forward to congratulating you in person next week in San Francisco. I’ll see you at DAC, and please know that if you can’t be there, you will be missed!


Additional events of note at DAC …

Things I will add to my hope-to-attend list at DAC. I’ll post the complete list later this week in

Monday, July 27

* North American SystemC User Group (1 pm)

* Atrenta Booth Blogfest & Panel Discussion re: Early Design Closure (2 pm)

Tuesday, July 28

* Accellera Breakfast - Scott Sandler moderating (7 am)

* SystemC & TLM-Driven Design Replacing RTL? Lunch Panel (11:30 am)

* Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Workshop &Lunch: “The EDA Earthquake” (12 noon)

* User Track: Verification (4:30 pm)

* Accellera-SPIRIT Reception celebrating the new combined organization (6 pm)

Wednesday, July 29

* User Track: Timing Analysis in the Real World (9 pm)

* User Track: Poster Session & Ice Cream (1:30 pm)

Thursday, July 30

* User Track: Analog & Mixed-Signal Design (4:30 pm)


It’s a Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog World …


More than ever today, customers are holding their EDA vendors accountable for the ROI of the tools. Time-based license renewals are being heavily scrutinized and, as discretionary tool purchases have all but evaporated, it falls to the EDA suppliers to respond.


No. 3 – TSMC has just joined Si2, but is not yet a member of EDAC, although The MathWorks is. Figure out when TSMC will become a member of EDAC.


A lot of people were at Semicon this week in San Francisco. Organizers were said to be expecting 25,000 for the 38th Annual Gathering of the Global Semiconductor Ecosystem, but clearly not everybody showed up.


Cool stuff’s happening next week in Malaysia as ASQED, the debut edition of Asia ISQED, unfolds in Kuala Lumpur on July 15th and 16th.


Once again, bright entrepreneurs are working to deliver on the promise of web-based design, project management, tool evaluation and sales.


If you plan to start designing at higher levels of abstraction, and you're probably going to have to soon, best to figure out ESL on your own — in private contemplation away from the hue and cry of today's principle vendors.


One day I turned around and found
Verification Methodology Manual for Low Power sitting on my desk.


The question is not where have all the women technologists gone. The question is, were there ever any women technologists at these conferences in the first place?


A secret panel has been convened to spot the Best Looking Guys at DAC. Why? The better question is, Why not? Details to follow in EDA Confidential.


The Twitter Project …

E.Kuh, R.Kahn, MJ.Irwin, I.Markov, J.Jess, J.Hogan, S.Srivastava, S.DasGupta, J.Ousterhout, D.Patterson, S.Devadas, R.Rohrer, C.Huang, R.Newton, J.Bourgoin, J.Hennessy, J.Kibarian, R.Bryant, G.DeMicheli, R.Brayton, B.Sutherland, I.Sutherland, C.Sechen, P.Narain, H.Walker, J.Benkoski, S.Hailey, K.Hailey, L.Nagel, D.Fairmairn, R.Saleh, J.Solomon, D.Pederson, L.Conway, S.Levitan, B.Aronson, W.Sansen, G.Martin, S.Sapatnekar, A.Kuehlmann, G.Gielen, G.Delp, D.Gajski, R.Aitken, H.DeMan, J.Costello, M.Wong, P.Groeneveld, A.Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, T.Williams, R.Dutton, Y.Zorian, S.Hassoun, L.Stok, K.Cheng, A.Shubat, D.Pan, J.Rajski, K.Keutzer, A.deGeus, L.Pileggi, C.Rowen, W.Wolf,
A.Yang, J.Rabaey, R.Camposano, D.Sylvester, L.Lanza, C.Mead, P.Moorby, S.Mitra, J.Darringer, W.Rhines, J.Cong, J.Sanguinetti, A.Kahng

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