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Secrets of Success for the 2014 Design & Verification Conference (DVCon)

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 21st February 2014

Guests: Stan Krolikoski, General Chair, DVCon 2014 and Ambar Sarkar, Chair, Technical Program Committee (TPC), DVCon 2014

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

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The Design & Verification Conference (DVCon), sponsored by Accellera, continues to thrive as the premier conference for functional design and verification, focused on bringing information to engineers from the leading edge of technology, techniques, standards, and methods. Among many of the conferences best features is its unique and popular poster session. During the conference, attendees themselves choose the best paper and best poster in real time.

We invited the General Chair and Technical Program Committee Chair of DVCon 2014 to share some of the secrets to its success. They tell us what it’s like to lead this conference and how you can benefit from it whether or not you are able to attend. Ambar: “It’s a focused conference. I am actually a practicing engineer, and one of the things that I can get out of DVCon, and this is what the TPC knows, is that everything that is presented has a very pragmatic and practical aspect to it. Our goal, is that everyone leaves the conference, and comes out with at least one idea that they can take back and practice.”

We would like you to please take note that DVCon is very excited to announce that it is expanding into Europe! You will be able to join the Design and Verification Conference and Exhibition Europe on October 14th and 15th, 2014, in Munich, Germany. Stan: “One of the things we are doing is extending the DVCon brand. There will be a DVCon Europe coming in October this year in Munich. . . .there is a call for papers right now . . . .We really want to have DVCons around the world.”

During the show, Stan and Ambar talk about:

  • Why design and verification engineers should want to attend the Design and Verification Conference  2014.
  • The secret that is causing DVCon to grow while other larger conferences are experiencing a decline.
  • How they handle the high submission volume of DVCon papers.
  • The hardest part thing about being General Chair of DVCon (a question for Stan).
  • What Accellera is planning to do at DVCon in the future.
  • How those who are unable to attend DVCon can still benefit from the conference.

For your interest, you can read Peggy Aycinena’s EDACafé article mentioned by Stan Krolikoski, “Master & Commander: DVCon’s Stan Krolikoski,”Peggy is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential.

If you’ve attended DVCon, what do you enjoy the most about the conference? Let us know in the comment section below.

Ambar Sarkar, Karen Bartleson, and Stan Krolikoski

Ambar Sarkar, Karen Bartleson, and Stan Krolikoski

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The Biggest Change Since the Industrial Revolution is Coming: The Internet of Things

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 14th November 2013

Guest: Oleg Logvinov, Director, Market Development at STMicroelectronics’ Industrial & Power Conversion Division; Chief Technical Officer, Board Member, and Co-founder of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance

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

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In a decade or so, the world as we know it will change dramatically. The Internet of Things is emerging and it will surely be the next technological revolution. It will bring about communications and interactions between man and machine, the likes of which only science fiction writers dreamed. Oleg Logvinov is an expert in the up-and-coming Internet of Things. He talks about what it is, how it is being created, what scenarios we can expect to live in, plus increasingly critical security and privacy issues. The Internet of Things is poised to alter the way we work, play, and live.

Oleg Logvinov: “. . . [The Internet of Things] presents itself in so many different ways to so many different people. It depends on who you are what you are working on. The Internet of Things may be a sensor connected to the cloud [or] maybe it’s a collection of devices working behind the scenes to make your life better. That is one of the interesting elements of the Internet of Things. Since this is an emerging . . . field, it presents an opportunity to define what it will be.”

During his show, Oleg talks about:

  • What the Internet of Things is.
  • What it will look like to have smart devices talking to each other and how it’s already happening.
  • Where all of the processing is that enables the Internet of Things.
  • Whether or not he believes the Internet of Things presents a threat of security and privacy and how the concern is being addressed.
  • What standards have to do with the Internet of Things.
  • The social and economic changes that he believes we are about to undergo and how humanity will be impacted.

Links of Interest:

IEEE Standards Association — Internet of Things

“STMicroelectronics Drives Internet of Things Growth with Innovative MEMS Technology and Wireless Links

“ST and Thingsquare Team Up to Advance Easy-to-Use Internet of Things

HomePlug

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How Ethernet Came to Be: a Conversation With an Inventor

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 24th September 2013

Guest: Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor, Professor of Innovation, University of Texas at Austin

Host:  Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc., President, IEEE Standards Association

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Ethernet celebrated its 40 year anniversary earlier this year. For four decades, Ethernet has changed how people work and communicate all over the world.

Because of her position as President of the IEEE Standards Association, our very own Karen Bartleson had the privilege of interviewing Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet. With permission from the IEEE Standards Association, we are republishing this show so that you can enjoy Bob’s story of how Ethernet evolved from an interesting technology into a global standard.

Bob Metcalfe: “. . .we convinced Digital Equipment Corporation and Xerox to begin cooperating to develop something they could use to interconnect their products. So, here I have Digital Equipment Corporation, Xerox and Intel all discussing how they were going to build this network that they were going to use, and someone said, ‘. . . These are major US corporations conspiring in restraint of trade,’  . . .[so, we decided], ‘Why don’t we make it an open standard?’ . . .We created a project at IEEE and gave our standard to IEEE, and the IEEE project would made it a standard.”

During the show, Bob talks about:

  • The invention of Ethernet
  • At what point Ethernet start evolving and becoming a standard
  • How he thinks Ethernet and its subsequent incarnations are going to look like 40 years from now
  • Some words of wisdom for the next generation of engineers
  • What energy means to the Ethernet and vice versa

Links of interest:

Original IEEE Article and Video

Wikipedia Robert Metcalfe

Wikipedia Ethernet

IEEE STandard 802.3

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How to Make a Virtual Prototype Play Well With Others

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 12th September 2013

Guest: Laurent Maillet-Contoz, CAD Manager, STMicroelectronics

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

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A virtual prototype can be a lonely thing unless it can play well with others. Integration of virtual prototypes requires using models from various sources. There must be model-to-model and as well as model-to-tool interoperability. Laurent shares how interoperability could be enhanced to enable a sustainable market for models and tools and provides a status on existing related standards.

Laurent Maillet-Contoz: “It is difficult [for virtual prototypes to interoperate], because models which are used to create virtual prototypes  may  come from various sources. . .  If you do not have any standard, . . . you might decide to implement a model using your own specific interface, and I will select another choice, and in the end, it will not work. . . What we want is to ensure standard APIs so that models can compile and connect together and exchange information in a seamless way without adapters.  If we want to ensure full interoperability, we need to have standards that expose interfaces for all kinds of communications.”

Laurent talks about:

  • why it is difficult for virtual prototypes to interoperate.
  • what goes into a standard that makes an interface that is interoperable.
  • one of the most difficult challenges he has faced in getting virtual prototypes to work together.
  • challenges that occur when you have models interoperate or interface with tools themselves.
  • advice he would give to an young engineer who is just starting out in virtual protyping and dealing with interoperabity issues.

Links of Interest:

STMicroelectronics

Accellera

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Big or Small — Collaborate or Die!

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 8th August 2013

Guest: Anupam Bakshi, CEO, Agnisys
Host: Karen Bartleson, Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc.

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Anupam Bakshi, CEO of Agnisys, shares why he believes EDA companies must collaborate or die.

What is the big deal about collaboration?

For a company like Agnisys, collaboration is a must because customers need working solutions and collaboration is how you get those.

Anupam: “For a company like ours, collaboration is a must, because we provide solutions for the customers and when the solutions don’t work, then the customer complains, and we are out of business, so we have to collaborate.”

During the show, Anupam talks about:
•    Experiences he has encountered where collaboration would have solved a big problem
•    At what point competitors draw the line between sharing information with each other and protecting their intellectual property
•    Whether or not he feels smaller companies have a lot to lose in collaboration
•    Shares what it takes to create a startup company in EDA
•    How, from his perspective, small companies work to collaborate
•    How a company deals with collaboration and different time zones
•    The advice he would give to a young engineer who is first starting out

Links of Interest:

Agnisys

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Smart Grid, Smart Lives

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 23rd April 2013

*This show was recorded in December, 2012.

Guest: Chris King, Chair, Smart Energy Demand Coalition

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

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Chris King, Chair of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition, is a luminary on Smart Grid. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition, the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid, the U.S. Demand Response National Action Plan Coalition, and Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.

What is Smart Grid?

Chris says, “The Smart Grid is really what the Smart Grid does not was the Smart Grid is. [It’s about] what benefits it brings. It brings energy savings, peak demand reduction, more renewable energy, cleaner energy, [and] more convenience to consumers. The technical definition is ‘adding sensors, controllers and meters.’”

In short, what the Smart Grid is varies from consumer to consumer, because it boils down to how people individually utilize the technology.

During the show, Chris talks about

  • What Smart Grid is.
  • The SmartMeter and Smart Grid technology as a whole.
  • Where Smart Grid technology exists today.
  • Whether or not Smart Grid technology invades personal privacy and causes heath issues.
  • The possibility of a global Smart Grid and whether or not challenges exist for emerging countries.

*This show was recorded in December, 2012.

Links of Interest:

Smart Energy Demand Coalition

Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition

Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid

U.S. Demand Response National Action Plan Coalition

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

SmartMeter

Green Button

Blue Button

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Making the Internet Work

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 15th March 2013

Guest: Russ Housley, Former* Chair, Internet Engineering Task Force

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

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Have you ever wondered how the Internet works?

It is organizations like the Internet Engineering Task Force that make the Internet function as such an interconnected part of our everyday lives. Russ Housley, Former* Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force, joined us on Conversation Central to give us a look at the work behind the Internet.

Russ Housley: “The Internet is both a technological thing and a sociological thing.”

During the show, Russ talks about

  • What the Internet is and how it works
  • The voluntary standards produced by the IETF
  • A couple of the widely deployed and widely successful Internet standards
  • The secret to making the IETF work when there is no voting within the organization
  • Rough consensus and running code
  • His proudest moments so far with the IETF
  • What he sees for the future of the Internet

*Update (3/21/13): Russ Housley is now the Chair of the Internet Architecture Board

Links of interest:

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Internet Society (ISOC)

Internet Architecture Board (IAB)

Five Principles of OpenStand

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How Far We’ve Come, Where We’re Going – Insights from the 24th Forum

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 15th December 2011

Guests: John Goodenough, Vice President, Design Technology and Automation, ARM; Jim Hogan, Private Investor; Mark Templeton, President, Scientific Ventures, LLC; Michael Keating, Synopsys Fellow (retired), Author of the Low Power Methodology Manual; Shay Gal-On, Director, Software Engineering, EEMBC; Shishpal Rawat, Chair, Accellera.

Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys and Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys and “Man on the Street” interviewer, Yatin Trivedi, Director, Standards, Synopsys.

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Over the years at the EDA Interoperability Forum, we have asked many industry luminaries to come share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in the chip design and EDA communities. These luminaries laid out their predictions for the future and discussed how important interoperability is for the ecosystem.

At the 24thInteroperability Forum, we invited  several of the past keynote speaker “alumni” to come back and revisit what their concerns were when they last spoke at the Forum.  They also discussed where the industry is now and shared their visions on how future challenges can be overcome and how to make the most of the opportunities ahead.

Listen to this episode of Conversation Central to hear the summaries of what these luminaries spoke about.

The full  recordings and the PDFs of the presentations will soon be available on the 24th EDA Interoperability Forum home page.

Links of Interest:

EDA Interoperability Forum

Interoperability Community Page

ARM

Verification Methodology Manual for Low Power

EEMBC

Accellera

Yatin Trivedi & John Goodenough

Jim Hogan

Yatin Trivedi & Mark Templeton

Michael Keating

Yatin Trivedi & Shay Gal-On

Shishpal Rawat

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The Voices of DAC—Standards: systematic or sausage factory?

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 14th June 2011

Guest: Shishpal Rawat, Chair of Accellera

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

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The Chair of Accellera, Shishpal Rawat, offered insights into the standard creation process in design automation. Discover details about Accellera’s documented standardization process and what happens if a group does not follow it. Find out about Accellera’s active standards and how they help a “real” engineer who is designing a chip. Listen to Shishpal as he speaks openly about what areas of design automation he believes lack in standards and the surprises and difficulties that come with being the chair of a standard setting organization. Do you want to be involved in standard development? Hear straight from Shishpal how to participate in standard development.

Links of interest:

Accellera

IEEE Standards Association

f Accellera, Shishpal Rawat, offered insights into the standard creation process in design automation. Discover details about Accellera’s documented standardization process and what happens if a group does not follow it. Find out about Accellera’s active standards and how they help a “real” engineer who has a chip to design. Listen to Shishpal as he speaks openly about what areas of design automation he believes lacks in standards and the surprises and difficulties that come with being the chair of a standard setting organization. Do you want to be involved in standard development? Hear straight from Shishpal how to participate in standard development.

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Don’t Get Stuck on Chips any Longer – Think Systems

Posted by Darcy Pierce on 21st April 2011

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

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

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In this broadcast, Conversation Central discussed one of the largest problems in high tech: how to design, deploy and manage increasingly complex systems. Our Knowledgeable guest Jan M. Rabaey, a Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley sheds light on why we need to think beyond chips and how the EDA industry can contribute. Rabaey talks about the evolution of complex systems, the challenges that come along with them, as well as the positive and dark side of these new technologies.

Links of Interest:

Jan M. Rabey

UC Berkeley School of Engineering

UML

SysML

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