There was a lot of speculation leading up to DAC about the effectiveness of holding the conference in Austin. I think there were more nay-sayers than people who felt positive about it. Everyone expected numbers to be down, but I had been trying to point out that there would be advantages as well, in that many people would probably be attending DAC for the very first time.
Every year at DAC, I'm amazed at how many engineers miss out on events attended by some of the most influential names in EDA. One example already this year was the Phil Kauffman award presentation earlier this evening, attended by Aart De Geus, Wally Rhines, Lip-Bu Tan, and Kathryn Kranen among others. Another example each year is the pavilion panel put on by the Women in Electronic Design Automation.
FRESH DIRT: Here's the first cut at all the rumors, gossip, fun quotes, and insider stories that I picked up last week at DAC in Austin. If EDA users and/or vendors send in more, I'll probably do a 2nd round. Enjoy.
Earlier this evening, Gary Smith held his annual night-before-DAC talks at the Austin Convention Center . During his presentation, Gary laid out his vision of the EDA industry over the next 10-15 years. There were many interesting points in the presentation (see Richard Goering's writeup for more details).
The Design Automation Conference (DAC), a conference devoted to electronic design, design automation, IP, embedded systems and software, has played the role of a global forum for designers and engineers from around the world.
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Wandering around the DAC floor this year, I'm finding that plug and play, transaction based, metric driven verification, the dream of verification architects for more than a decade is finally being realized at four different companies. Expect more information on all of this soon. I just want to give you a quick update about the cool stuff I’ve seen while DAC is still afoot.
The only thing most people remember about Tuesdays at DAC are the parties. You’re a success if you attended at least two, less than a success if you only attended one, and guaranteed immortality if you attended more than three.
I’m very tired and a bit giddy as I write this post, late in the evening after the second day of exhibits at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin. Frankly, a lot of us EDA vendors were concerned about holding DAC in Austin for the first time. Of course there is a large electronics development community in Austin, but the first time in a new location for any conference is always a bit of a gamble since you never know what kind of response you’ll get.
DAC is off to a fast start and no one is talking about the numbers, they are talking about how many great things there are see and do here at the 50th DAC here in Austin, Texas and how packed the schedule is. But before we get to that, I have to say a word or two about Austin. The reason is that Austin has the slogan – keep Austin weird, which also happens to be the slogan for the city that I call my hometown – Portland, Oregon, which I have to say, is a lot weirder. Since I got here, I have seen nothing weird.