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Electronic Design Automation - in the beginning, it was tricky - then it got seriously hard - now it's becoming bloody impossible - but there is hope...

  • Speaker:   Professor  Andrew Brown  (University of Southampton)
  • Host:   Steve Furber
  • 14th December 2005 at 14:15 in 1.5
Electronic engineers and computer scientists have an awful lot that each can contribute to the discipline of the other. In some ways, there is a lot of commonality, and the interaction is easy. In other ways, the learning curve can be a show-stopper. This is exacerbated by the asymmetry of the material: what is almost axiomatic to one community can appear incomprehensible to the other.

Design automation software is a world-wide industry, with a turnover of many millions of dollars. To support commercial enterprise of this magnitude, product stability is essential. Yet the target technology - microelectronics - is in a constant state of flux. Few people in the industry today have ever known anything other than exponential growth, and it is difficult - impossible - for EDA tool deployment to keep up, either with advances in semiconductor device technology or advances in computer science techniques that could be bought to bear if we were starting all over again today....

The seminar is about electronic design automation, design flows, and specifically about some of the core algorithms that underpin the tools used. The intention is that it should be intelligible to computer science postgraduates, but there will be hard sums.
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