DAC prepares for winter show

By Chris Edwards |  No Comments  |  Posted: October 18, 2021
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The program for the Design Automation Conference, which returns to a physical format in December, is online and is running its I Love DAC promotion for free access until the end of this month (October 31st, 2021).

DAC returns for its 58th year, again combining the technical program with a line up of Keynotes and SKYTalks. This year DAC will use a hybrid format for both in-person and virtual attendance. In addition, for the first time, DAC attendees will also have access to attend both the SEMICON West expo being held at Moscone South and the RISC-V Summit exhibits at Moscone West.

AI forms the basis of a number of the keynotes and SKYtalks this year. Jeff Dean senior vice president of Google Research and Google Health will kick off the keynotes by looking at the potential of machine learning learning for hardware design, following the publication of some of the company’s work in this area in the early summer.

Bill Dally, chief scientist at nVidia, will look at the role of GPUs in machine learning both for driving end-user applications and in the EDA flow. His talk aims to cover near-term uses for GPUs and a longer-term view of what is possible.

As machine learning takes hold in areas such as EDA, the question becomes whether the process will be a competition of humans vs machine or something far less contentious. Duke University professor of computer engineering Mary Cummings will focus on how to allocate roles and functions to humans and computers as the computers continue to improve in their understanding of EDA and other tasks.

AI will also feature strongly in the SKYtalks with presentations from William Chappell, CTO of Azure Global and IBM fellow Kailash Gopalakrishnan. Sam Naffziger, AMD senior vice president, will tackle the subject of cross-disciplinary innovations required for the future of computing.

For this year’s program the technical program committee has selected 215 papers from a total of 914 submitted manuscripts. In addition, 199 industry focused submissions were reviewed with 70 accepted for presentation.

Registration for the I Love DAC free three-day pass sponsored by Cliosoft, Empyrean and Menta is open through October 31, 2021.

The 59th DAC return to the summer next year and will be held at Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA, from July 11–15, 2022. DAC will co-locate with SEMICON West 2022 which will be held July 12–15 at Moscone North and South Halls.

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