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Archive for July, 2009

DAC 2009 Thoughts: PBD == VP ???

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2009 @ 12:14 pm in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

This is the last post I will write based on DAC 2009 (unless, of course, something occurs to me next week!). This one is sparked by several remarks made in a number of the presentations I attended at DAC, to do with the relationship between Platform-Based Design (PBD) and Virtual Platforms or Virtual Prototypes (VP). [...]

DAC 2009 Wrapup: DAC by numbers

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 @ 11:21 pm in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

DAC 2009 announced its preliminary attendance numbers on Wednesday July 29.  Here they are: Exhibit only – 3247 Technical conference – 1888 Total – 5135 (I don’t believe this includes exhibit booth staff, etc.). How does this compare with previous years?  We need to take the preliminary attendance numbers announced for each year to be [...]

DAC 2009 Wrapup: The end of ESL ExiStentiaLism?

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 @ 10:55 pm in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

One of the conclusions that I have reached from DAC 2009 is that it is definitely past the time to stop debating the existence of ESL as a set of real, useful, and employed technologies.  At a time when even John Cooley is acknowledging that there is a growing use of high level synthesis, (although [...]

Day 3 of DAC 2009: User Track

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 @ 11:57 am in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I was able to attend session U7 of DAC 2009 yesterday (Wednesday July 29): I had a vested interest, in that one of the papers discussed mapping a video codec to Tensilica’s video subsystem. But I also wanted to see the other papers in this session, “Front-end development: embedded software and design exploration” as they [...]

Day 3 of DAC 2009: Virtual Platform Workshop

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 @ 12:15 am in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

I was able to attend two parts of today’s all day Virtual Platform workshop at DAC.  Before getting into it, I would like to relate a comment from a colleague – he was surprised and grateful that there was such an event at DAC because he had not expected to see a full day event [...]

Day 3 of DAC 2009: Bill Dally Keynote

Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 @ 11:29 pm in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Bill Dally, Chief Scientist and Senior VP of Research at Nvidia, and a professor at Stanford, gave today’s (Wednesday July 29) DAC keynote on the theme “The end of denial architecture and the rise of throughput computing”. Bill Dally of Nvidia This was quite an interesting keynote, partly because the views he advanced are not [...]

Day 2 of DAC 2009: Grazing ….

Posted: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 @ 12:30 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Day 2 of DAC (Tuesday July 28) is the first day of the technical programme and there were several other events I was able to attend in part as well as deal with a couple of other commitments.   DAC 2009 has an extremely busy schedule and it is impossible to do all that I wanted [...]

Day 1 of DAC: Hogan’s heroes

Posted: Monday, July 27th, 2009 @ 11:58 pm in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

One of the panel discussions today (Monday the 27th of July) at the DAC Pavilion on the exhibit floor was entitled “Hogan’s heroes:  the long road to system-level sign-off”.  It was moderated by Jim Hogan and featured Steve Leibson, Peter Levin and Grant Pierce as panelists. Not the DAC 2009 Pavilion Panel …. Jim Hogan [...]

Day 1 of DAC: Too much grey/white hair?

Posted: Monday, July 27th, 2009 @ 6:38 pm in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Perhaps it is biased by today being the Exhibits Only day (albeit with pavilion panels, keynote panel, workshops etc.) but as I scanned some of the DAC crowd, I saw rather a lot of grey and white hair.  As an aging veteran of EDA, ESL, system level design etc. myself, and as someone with a [...]

Day 1 of DAC 2009: A little of that old-time feeling?

Posted: Monday, July 27th, 2009 @ 3:08 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Day 1 of DAC (Monday July 27) is the Exhibit day known as “Free Monday” (thanks to the sponsorship of EDAC, Free Monday returned this year and it appears that a number of people have taken up on that offer).   I am not a good estimator of crowds, but it appears reasonably busy.   Gary Smith’s [...]