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DAC 2011, June 5-10, San Diego: Personal Preview

Filed under: Uncategorized — May 10, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

I am planning to be at DAC 2011 in San Diego in early June. I have several activities in which I will be participating: The CODES+ISSS 2011 technical programme committee meeting (part of ESWeek 2011 in October in Taiwan); chairing a Pavilion Panel; and giving a talk as part of the Embedded System and Software Day.

San Diego Convention Centre

I am moderating a Pavilion Panel on “Multicore:  Madness or Just Today’s Chaos?” with panelists Drew Wingard of Sonics, Paul Tobin of AMD and Debashis Bhattacharya of Huawei on Tuesday June 7 from 1600 to 1645.   This should be of interest.   Multicore issues continue to be hot and the right way to architect systems, configure (and extend) the cores, map applications to multiple processors, and develop and debug the software, continues to have many more questions than answers.  This panel will try to determine the state of the art and answer some of the key open questions.   I have a number of questions of my own to ask the panelists, but hope all the readers show up to ask their own (deference to the questions from the floor, always!)

This is followed on Tuesday June 7 by a Pavilion Panel on the topic “Android, MeeGo and Linux:  Where is it all heading?” from 1700 to 1745.  The answer at least for MeeGo seems to be “Nowhere!!!”, showing once again that events in the real electronic design world change much faster than titles for a conference session can!  This is moderated by Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation.  Among the panelists will be my Tensilica colleague Eric Dewannain, and the other panelists are Gerard Andrews of TI and Simon Davidmann of Imperas.  I know Eric speaks very passionately about the topics of mobile platforms and operating systems, and am sure the others will be equally vocal.

On Wednesday June 8, late in the afternoon, I am speaking as part of Session 3 in the Embedded System and Software Executive Day.   I will be discussing themes around the role of configurable and extensible processors in embedded systems (naturally) and will zero in on specific application domains such as baseband for wireless and audio.  This day is new for DAC this year, I believe, and is part of its expansion of scope to include more designer content and increase focus on embedded systems.  Scanning the programme, there is a lot of interesting content on display – way more than can be attended by any one human being.  The role of trade show/conferences such as DAC has been up in the air in recent years.   Yet there is no substitute to face to face technical and business interactions with a whole host of colleagues all in one place at one time.  As DATE 2011 showed, there may be a bit of a turnup in the EDA trade show/conference area.  Let’s see if DAC 2011 continues the trend.  I hope to see you there.

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