DATE 2009

DATE'09 Friday Workshops: Community Building Function of DATE Friday Workshops

Peter Cheung, Imperial College London, UK  - Friday Workshops Chair

I have been coming to DATE for many years now, enjoying the wonderful networking opportunities that it offers. The main conference sessions over the three days offer  an excellent bird's-eye, broad-brush view of the latest ideas in design, technology, CAD tools and test. However, with so many parallel sessions covering very diverse branches of EDA, it is often difficult to go further than sampling snippets of excellence in any given subject.  This is very much like eating Chinese dim sum or Spanish tapas, instead of a full meal.

The Friday Workshops aim to address this shortcoming by bringing together communities in specific emerging technical areas. Unlike the Monday tutorials, Friday Workshops go beyond teaching novices about a certain field. They also provide a unique opportunity for the various research and design communities to spend a day discussing the latest and the best, sharing their experiences and visions.  I think it is this community building function that makes Friday Workshops unique and successful.  For someone new to these communities, the Workshops provide an excellent opportunity to meet the experienced researchers.  For the old hands, the Workshops allow the communities to meet and keep in touch with each other, sharing the latest ideas.

This year's Friday Workshops include eight exciting and emerging themes.  Four workshops are related to architecture and technology, ranging from network-on-chip (NOC), multi/many cores, 3D integration technology and ultra low-power systems.  Four other workshop themes cover a variety of topics in design and design tools including the impact of process variations on design and test, system-level synthesis, globally asynchronous and locally synchronous systems (GALS) and software for embedded systems.