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CAD Research and Education in Extreme Scaling and Beyond

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 26th June 2013

Guest: Dr. David Z. Pan, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Host: Karen Bartleson, Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc.

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What is behind the advances in technology that we don’t always see as employees of EDA, semiconductor, and electronics companies? Research, of course. Universities continue to be a critical constituent in the evolution of our astonishing success. Dr. David Z. Pan tells us about the research his group undertakes in pushing the design-manufacturing envelope as they constantly look forward in technology.

Dr. Pan: “Recently my group has been working quite a lot on pushing 3D-IC manufacturing issues and reliability issues. As we know for the time being, scaling is continuing. We have 14 nm and 10 nm on the horizon but ultimately the horizontal scaling stops and the vertical [must start].”

Dr. Pan talks about:

  • What is going on in his research group as they push the design envelope
  • 3D-IC
  • Extreme scaling
  • A bio project that one of his PHD students worked on
  • Self-assembly
  • Nanophotonics
  • Whether or not he thinks the next generation is being well prepared to enter the workforce and cary on the always-faster-moving world of technology

Links of Interest:

University of Texas at Austin

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The Case for Cyber-physical and Embedded Systems Education

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 12th June 2013

Guest: Dr. Peter Marwedel, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany

Host: Karen Bartleson, Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc.

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Information technology is becoming increasingly pervasive and essential for our life and for almost all sciences and industrial sectors. This is poorly reflected in today’s education, which is still very limited to certain disciplines.

In our conversation with Dr. Peter Marwedel, he passionately shares the need for teaching engineering students about the integration of information technology with other sciences and sectors. In particular, he will talk about approaches for embedded system education and its extension toward cyber-physical system education.

Peter Marwedel: “There is hardly any industrial sector which is not influenced by information technology. If you look at physics and other sciences like chemistry and biology, you need a lot of computers and a lot of computing to get the results. The computers are really key to success in say, biology. Consider the analysis of DNA, for example . . . [it] became feasible only because of information technology. I think the introduction of the term “cyber-physical systems” reflects this trend really well in that it expresses and stresses the fact that we have this integration between information technology and physics. . .”

In this show, Peter talks about:

  • How information technology is being integrated with other sciences and sectors
  • The meaning of the term “cyber-physical”
  • His perspective of the level of difficulty in multi-core challenges in various areas of technology
  • His thoughts on whether or not this generation of engineers is being well educated and prepared to go into a cyber-physical field
  • How industry can help prepare students

Check out Peter’s book, Embedded System Design.

Links of Interest:

Technische Universität Dortmund

Karen Bartleson and Dr. Peter Marwedel

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TechSF: Equipping San Francisco Residents to Work in Tech

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 23rd May 2013

Guests: Hamid Mahmoodi, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering, San Francisco State University; Rhonda Simmons, Director, Workforce Development, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, City and County of San Francisco; Dan Stoner, Recruiter, “Minister of Possibilities”, Bay Area Video Coalition

Host: Karen Bartleson, Senior Directory, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc.

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In an offline conversation, Professor Hamid Mamoodi mentioned a new and growing program called TechSF. In a nutshell, we learned that TechSF was a program started by the City of San Francisco to equip San Francisco residents with the skills to work in tech.

Since the tech industry is near and dear to our hearts, we wanted to learn more about TechSF. We traveled up to San Francisco to the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), one of TechSF’s program partners, to find out more about this fascinating program from Hamid Mahmoodi, Rhonda Simmons, and Dan Stoner.

Quotes from the show:

Dan: TechSF was set up [by the mayor’s office] to help support the tech sector in San Francisco . . . [and to] support job seekers and hiring managers and put the two together in a unique way.

Rhonda: We try to focus on individuals . . . that may not typically engage in technology: women, various ethnic groups, populations that are poorly represented in the field. Our focus is to outreach, do recruitment and really try to target individuals that may or may not understand the industry and know how to get into it. [TechSF also targets] . . . folks that need a certain amount of retraining . . .

Hamid: San Francisco State University is one of the many partners involved in this project. We are on the education side. . . . Our role is to ensure that our graduates obtain the skill that is demanded of them in the marketplace in the tech industry. We try to achieve this goal by working with the [TechSF] partners and the tech industry [itself] to understand what the skills are, what the current trends are and then see which of those are lacking in the curriculum. Then, we try to bridge the gap by introducing project based learning opportunities to our students.

In this show, you will learn:

  • What TechSF is
  • How to sign up for the BAVC program
  • How long TechSF has been in place, where it stands now, and where the City of San Francisco would like the program to be in the next year
  • About success stories
  • How companies, universities, communities, and individuals can support TechSF

Links of Interest:

TechSF

Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)

San Francisco State University

From left: Karen Bartleson, Hamid Mamoodi, Rhonda Simmons, and Dan Stoner

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Meeting the Challenges in Engineering Education

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 16th August 2012

Guest: Patrick Lysaght, Sr. Director, Xilinx Research Labs and University Program
Host: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc. and Rich Goldman, Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Synopsys, Inc.

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There are great changes and great opportunities in the field of engineering and education. Some students find themselves limited by the cost of education while others lack high quality schools in their region to satisfy demand, especially in the fields of computer science and electronics. One major challenge for academia itself is the rate of change in technology today. The half-life of the most relevant and current knowledge is so short that it puts a global stress on academia as it struggles to equip students for industry.

How can we deal with these challenges as we try to recruit more students into computer science and engineering? It is companies like Xilinx, and passionate professionals like Patrick Lysaght, who are stepping in to help academia. In this episode, Patrick shares how with real materials from the industry, students can interface with a platform, be better prepared when graduating, and ultimately design something the world has not seen before.

Karen Bartleson, Patrick Lysaght, Rich Goldman

Links of Interest:

Xilinx University Program

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Computation for Interdisciplinary Data

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 19th July 2012

Guest: Masoud Nikravesh, Executive Director for Berkeley Computational Science and Engineering, CITRIS Director for CSE, and Visiting Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr, Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc. and Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys Inc.

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Twenty years ago, computer science was just a tool. Today, Dr. Nikravesh knows that this has changed, and computer science is now a vital anchor in technology advancement.

The world is changing at a rapid pace, and because of this, UC Berkeley saw the need to make computational science a formal part of their program to allow students to gain skills that could be channeled in the right direction. As executive director of the program, Dr. Nikravesh talks about Berkeley’s Designated Emphasis (DE)  in Computational Science for PhD students.

He also shares some of the problems CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) wishes to address including energy, infrastructure and healthcare with regard to sensor technology. With the combination of nanotechnology and sensors, he believes we can expect sensors to be planted in bodies at the cell level.

Links of interest:

Dr. Masoud Nikravesh’s Bio

CITRIS

UC Berkeley

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The Voices of DAC 2012: The Field of Nanoscience

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 12th June 2012

Guest: Robert Geer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Professor of Nanoscience, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University of Albany

Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc., and Rich Goldman, Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Synopsys Inc.

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Many of the technologies that we rely on every day are built on nanotechnology, whether it is chip technologies, medical or alternative energy. At CNSE Albany, a dual-use facility focused on research and interdisciplinary education in nanotechnology, there are many exciting developments underway. Robert Geer talks about this and academic paradigm changes required to support a new workforce.

Links of interest:

CNSE Albany

President Obama: The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is a Model for the Nation

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Life is Amazing Below 20 Nanometers

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 19th April 2012

Guest: Dr. Peter Ateshian, Adjunct Instructor, Naval Postgraduate School

Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc. and Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys, Inc.

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On this episode, we had the pleasure of talking to Dr. Peter Ateshian, who drove all the way up from Monterey, California to join us in the studio for this technically-intriguing yet approachable program.

Generally speaking, the semiconductor industry’s most advanced node today is 22 nanometers (as named by the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors – ITRS). Peter discusses the amazing technology below 22 nanometers being developed at the Naval Postgraduate School and other research institutions. Such advanced technology includes complementary carbon nanotube transistors and diamond-silicon based gallium nitride transistors. Hear Peter tell us about these and other future innovations on the horizon.

A carbon-nanotube circuit

Links of interest:

Naval Postgraduate School

Article: Complex Integrated Circuits Made of Carbon Nanotubes

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Russia: Successes and Challenges in Engineering Education

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 19th January 2012

Guest: Sergei Umnyashkin, Vice Rector, National Research University of Electronic Technology (formerly Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET))

Host: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc.

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There is an international need for well-educated, well-prepared engineering graduates from universities around the world. The future of the worldwide electronics industry depends on these new engineers to continue moving technology and business forward for the next generation. We invited Vice Rector of National Research University of Electronic Technology (formally Moscow Institute of Electronics Technology (MIET)), Sergei Umnyashkin, to talk to us about the successes and challenges in engineering education in Russia. You will learn from Sergei about the general condition of electronic education in Russia as well as what role the electronics industry plays in helping to ensure that new graduates are the best prepared to enter the workforce. Sergei also shares how MIET’s international affairs works to get support from the electronics industry.

Links of interest:

National Research University of Electronic Technology (MIET)

Karen Bartleson and Sergei Umnyashkin

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The Voices of DAC—A chip in your brain?

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 22nd June 2011

Guest: Jan Rabaey, Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professor, UC Berkeley

Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys and Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys

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Sitting on the couch for one of the most exciting shows on Conversation Central, UC Berkeley Professor Jan Rabaey talked about a fascinating technology that he is developing that will change health, medicine and technology in a major way. Yes, per the title, the technology discussed was putting microchips in people’s brains. With the model brain that Karen brought, Jan shows us where the chips would be placed and explains in detail how it will work. Only being tested on animals currently, this use of a microchip is hoped to help in various brain degeneration problems, which could potentially include ALS disease and epilepsy.

Jan shared a number of images on his iPad and a couple of chips that were hard to see on the video, so we’ve included them for you below (in order of appearance below the video).

Links of interest:

UC Berkeley

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The Impact of Commercializing Research

Posted by rjamison on 15th June 2010

Guest: Randy Bryant, Current Phil Kaufman Award Winner; Dean and University Professor, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Host: Rich Goldman, Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Synopsys

Randy Bryant talks about the research that he conducted which lead to his development of Formal Verification.  Listen to his personal experiences and expertise with Formal Verification, how he thinks it can be applied to software, and his knowledge about the rise of assertion in Formal Verification.

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Links to topics referenced in the show:

Phil Kaufman Award

This radio show was originally recorded at the Synopsys exhibition booth at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, California on June 15, 2010.

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