NEW AT DAC!
The DAC IP Track brings together Intellectual Property Core designers, users, and IP ecosystem providers from across the globe. IP Designers and users from leading companies like ARM, Synopsys, Imagination, Intel, IBM, Samsung, TI, Toshiba, Qualcomm, and others will present their products and design experiences on effective design flows, methods, and tool usage. The IP Track will include presentation/poster sessions, panels and invited talks. It offers a unique opportunity to network with and learn from other industry experts.
(As a note for those unfamiliar with the term IP, or with the DACs use of this term: The ARM Cortex A9 Processor is an example of an IP Core; and semiconductor chip companies license the design and manufacturing specification of such IP from its owner, and include the IP with their own additional design elements to create a complete integrated circuit.)
IP Track regular submissions are in the form of a slide presentation.
- Submissions are limited to 15 total slides (12 + 3 submission-specific slides). (Remember that a DAC presentation is 14 minutes long.)
- Submissions must be in .PDF or PowerPoint format.
- If in .PDF, please ensure that the speaker notes are visible.
- Consistent with DAC policy, company logos may appear only on the title slide.
- Slide 1: Title, author names and affiliations
- Slide 2 (only for submission): Name, affiliation, phone number and email addresses for all authors. Authors MAY NOT be added after the January 23 deadline, so be sure to list all authors in the initial submission.
- Slide 3 (only for submission): One to two-paragraph abstract
Links to example slide presentations from 2013 can be found here.
November 15, 2013
Submission site open
January 23, 2014
||Panel proposals status updates
March 14, 2014
Notification to accept or decline as panel, as poster, or as oral presentation.
May 6, 2014
Deadline to submit draft presentation slides and posters for review by the Session Chair.
May 21, 2014
Deadline for Session Chairs to communicate poster and slide presentation feedback to authors.
|June 2, 2014
|IP Track Slide, Poster and Panel presentations in San Francisco, CA
Slide Presentation and Poster Format
Based on the program committee evaluation IP Track submission may be accepted in either i) presentation and poster or ii) solely poster form. IP track presentations are 15 mins (including 1 minute for Q and A). Each author is allocated a 42” tall x 36” wide area for a poster. A Best Presentation award will be selected from the IP Track presentations. The award will be based on both the quality of the submission and the DAC presentation itself. IP Track poster sessions will run for one hour, and will include 20-30 posters. Poster authors are welcome to distribute additional material to interested attendees. Such material can include extended abstracts and whitepapers.
Accepted IP Track presentations and posters are NOT included in the DAC proceedings. However, accepted IP Track submissions (both posters and presentation slides) will be made available on the DAC website after the conference as a part of the DAC Archives.
A. To spare authors the many hours of preparation associated with a regular manuscript submission, IP Track submissions are in the form of slide presentation. Authors of accepted submissions will be invited to present a poster during an IP Track poster session. Authors of selected submissions will be invited to present their work during an IP Track session at the conference.
A. The IP Track focuses on the design automation’s user community: designers and embedded software developers. This complements DAC’s strong research focus on algorithms and methodology. The IP Track aims to illustrate both benefits and challenges of IP and tool usage, and provides educational and networking benefits for both end-users and IP and tool developers. The topics are at the interface between design and automation, an area that until now has been under-represented in EDA.
The IP Track is intended specifically for practitioners. Whether you are an EDA tool user, hardware or software designer, application engineer or a consultant, the IP Track is an ideal place to meet and share your experiences.
A. The IP Track provides a vendor-agnostic and objective forum for designers and IP users. IP providers seeking a forum to highlight the unique advantages of their solution are encouraged to present this material in their exhibit area. On the other hand, joint customer/vendor submissions written from the perspective of the designer/developer are encouraged and are a valuable part of the IP Track.
The IP track is new this year, so we do not have any examples to share with you. However, the IP Track is using the same presentation format as the DAC Designer Track. Links to example slide presentations from previous years can be found in the DAC Archives
A. No. We made exceptions to this policy in past years, but it resulted in many problems, including introducing new conflicts of interest with reviewers on the Program Committee.
A. No. While we sympathize with your situation (many of us have been there), we have a tight schedule and are unable to accommodate late submissions. Please obtain appropriate legal, copyright, and any other needed permission well ahead of the submission deadline.
A. IP Track posters are presented during IP Track poster sessions. IP Track presentations are oral presentations similar to those in the DAC research track. IP Track presentations are scheduled in sessions that run parallel to the rest of the DAC program and also include an embedded poster presentation at the end of the session presentations.
A. Authors of accepted presentations will be allocated 15 minutes in an IP Track session; 14 minutes for the presentation and 1 minute for Q/A and transition to the next speaker. Similar to the DAC Research Track, 30 minutes is reserved at the end of each session for a dedicated poster session. This provides an opportunity for extended discussion with interested members of the audience. IP Track sessions will be 90 minutes in length (four 15-minute presentations + 30 minutes for a poster session).
A. IP Track seeks contributions that highlight the benefits and challenges of design tool usage in the design, use and verification of IP. Tools can be from EDA vendors or developed in-house; while flows can be built around a single tool or multiple tools. We specifically seek contributions from system engineers, hardware designers, embedded software developers, application engineers, and vendor/customer teams. Documented tool use may target electronic design and system design at all levels of abstraction and across all application domains.
A. The IP Track program committee consists of industry experts that collectively represent years of design, tool and methodology experience.
A good IP Track presentation addresses innovative tool use coupled with high-quality results. The considerations used by the program committee in acceptance decisions include:
- Significance of results supported by clear, measurable criteria, including, but not limited to: improved quality of silicon, decreased complexity, and reduced time-to-market.
- Level of innovation in tool use, e.g., utilizing one tool to obtain results that aid another tool, writing scripts to combine tools, user-facing enhancements, intelligent data management. A submission should not mirror the help section in the tool's user manual, but instead address a creative way of using the tool.
- Ability to overcome design challenges such as scalability, integrating IP, and bridging front-end/back-end gaps.
- Validation of the proposed techniques using real designs, case studies, or established benchmarks.
- Discussion of the conceptual limitations of tools and suggestions for future tool improvement. Solid technical contributions should address both the strengths and the weaknesses of the approach.
- Quality of material including writing, illustrations, and organization.
- Product marketing material is inappropriate for the IP Track.
A. Yes. DAC conference registration is required to participate in the IP Track. This registration also provides access to the exhibition floor, keynotes, and other areas of the DAC conference. IP Track authors are eligible for the same discounted registration offered to speakers in the DAC research tracks.
A. Remember that your slides must be presented in 14 minutes. Presenting meaningful content in a short time is challenging and requires careful thought and planning. You may optionally include some backup slides that describe additional material that you would include on an accompanying poster.
Please visit Template Download Options for presentation templates and additional information on how to prepare your slides. You are not required to use a DAC slide template, but this is a good way to avoid potential issues. Example presentations from previous years can be found in the DAC Archives.
A. Please address any unanswered questions to 51st DAC IP Track Chair, Michael McNamara, Adapt-IP.