Small Gathering in Monterey

There’s going to be a small gathering of luminaries in Monterey this week. And no, it’s not the jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

It’s the Electronic Design Processes Symposium Workshop. This will be my first time attending and it will be very interesting on several accounts.

First, everyone who has attended in the past has said that it’s truly unique in the industry. It’s not really a conference but a workshop, a small gathering of the best and brightest in EDA exchanging their research and ideas. With only 25-50 participants, it’s not uncommon for someone to  stand up and challenge the presenter or for spontaneous discussions to break out during sessions. It’s not uncommon to meet people who have been thinking about the same problems you’ve considered or someone who has been thinking about problems you never thought existed. And it’s not uncommon to walk away with new insights and revelations and ideas.

Second, there probably are very few, if any, EDA customers attending. This is an EDA workshop for EDA people. There is no trade show. There are no booths to set up. There are no big press releases or sales guys walking up to shake your hand or schlocky giveaways. I imagine that DAC probably started out this way back in the 1960s, but DAC is now more of a trade show that a workshop. This will be back to the grass roots of EDA.

Third, I am going to be moderating one of the sessions, something I’ve not done before (except at my own round table). I’ll be moderating the session entitled “Moving to a Brave New World” which includes a presentation by James Colgan of Xuropa on cloud computing. Obviously, I’m a little biased on that topic, but I’ll try not to let that influence my moderation. I’m sure this and all the other sessions will be very interesting.

Last, I’m going to be traveling with my family. It’s spring break week and so we’re heading up the coast to visit Monterey for a few days, then visit some friends up in Danville. Fortunately there is plenty to do in Monterey and the hotel is right on the beach, so they’ll be fine. So, if you want to meet me or my family, come on over. Registration is still open.

We promise we won’t sting.

harry the ASIC guy

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3 Responses to “Small Gathering in Monterey”

  1. Sean Murphy Says:

    The times that I have attended there have been engineers from IBM, Intel, Texas Instruments, just to name a few significant EDA customers. I will be interested in your trip report.

  2. Sean Murphy Says:

    Now that we are on the other side of DAC, how well did EDP predict the issues for DAC?

  3. harry Says:

    The one area that was evident at both EDPS and DAC was 3D design, e.g. wafer stacks, TSVs, etc. There were several presentations at EDP on this and several vendors at DAC were talking about 3D as well as several sessions.

    Multicore was a hot issue at EDPS but was kind of under-the-hood at DAC. Although, if you look closely, you’d see a lot of tools running on multiple processors.

    Lastly, I can’t finish without of course mentioning cloud computing, which had one presentation at EDPS and was a lot more evident in sessions at DAC.

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