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Archive for June, 2010

Day 4 and 5 of DAC 2010: SOC Enablement, High-Level Synthesis and Heterogeneous Systems

Posted: Sunday, June 20th, 2010 @ 12:53 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

On Thursday June 17, DAC had a special set of sessions labelled “Embedded/SOC Enablement Day”, with talks from a variety of people from a variety of companies talking about their strategies and tradeoff choices for complex SOCs, usually in embedded systems. This included a keynote by Gadi Singer of Intel. As I reported in my [...]

Day 3 of DAC 2010: Snatching Victory for NOCs from the Jaws of Confusion

Posted: Thursday, June 17th, 2010 @ 10:35 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

On Wednesday June 16 I moderated a special session at DAC 2010 in the morning: “A Decade of NOC Research – Where Do We Stand?”.  This was an extremely interesting special session, organised by Anand Ragunathan and Sri Parameswaran, with three excellent speakers: Giovanni De Micheli of EPF Lausanne, Switzerland, who gave an overview of [...]

Day 2 of DAC 2010: The return of the platform

Posted: Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 @ 9:48 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

During today at DAC 2010 I was able to attend some of management day, which I had not attended before. I saw a very interesting presentation by Ken Wagner of PMC-Sierra called “The case for platform devices” which outlined PMC’s design methodology for chip platforms as a vehicle for delivering functionality to users. His definition [...]

Day 1 of DAC 2010: Be Careful Where you Show Up!

Posted: Monday, June 14th, 2010 @ 7:29 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

DAC 2010 opened with the Monday Exhibits day. I showed up at the DAC Pavilion to hear Gary Smith’s “What to see at DAC” only to be regaled by music  Lousiana style, what I would call Semi-Zydeco (not Semiconductors) with Gary on  washboard and vocals, Mike Santarini on guitar, Bob Gardner on what I think [...]

Day 0 at DAC 2010: “Let us compare Mythologies”

Posted: Monday, June 14th, 2010 @ 9:39 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The title of course being drawn from Leonard Cohen’s first book of poetry, published only 2 years after I was born! Looking back at my posts from DAC 2009, there was a considerable similarity between Day 0 then and Day 0 yesterday.   First was the CODES+ISSS 2010 programme committee meeting (part of ESWeek 2010 in [...]

Auspicious Start to the World Cup; Inauspicious Start to DAC!

Posted: Saturday, June 12th, 2010 @ 4:29 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I arrived at Oakland Airport to fly to the triply-named Orange County/Santa Ana/John Wayne airport to attend DAC starting tomorrow (programme committee meeting for CODES+ISSS 2010, plus some of the opening receptions tomorrow evening) only to find that my Southwest flight was delayed 2 hours (so was the follow on, but the previous one left [...]