DAC 2010: My Personal "Must See" List

It's summertime, and in the EDA world, that can only mean one thing - it's time for the Design Automation Conference. I've been attending DAC since 2007, and for the second time since then DAC is in Anaheim, California. One of the things I find the most difficult about DAC is keeping track of what is going on when, so I thought I'd share what I've come up with so far with all of you. First, here are the events I will personally be participating in:


  • 9a-noon: Synopsys Interoperability Booth
  • 1:30p - Conversation Central: Verifying the Universe
    • I'll be hosting a conversation with Tom Alsop and Hillel Miller about the UVM development effort. The conversation will be streamed live, and you'll be able to call and ask questions if you're not able to attend in person.


In addition to these events, I've got the following public sessions penciled in on my calendar. Given the complexity of grabbing events from the DAC website and adding them to my calendar, I'm certain I've forgotten an item or two.

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EDA Vendors: Do More With Less

This post is for all of those lonely EDA vendors out there, wondering whether or how they're going to attract customers at the upcoming Design Automation Conference. You may have heard of Xuropa. Xuropa started out a couple of years ago focused on two things - creating an EDA social community and a related capability for vendors to showcase their products. Recently, they appear to have dropped the social networking aspect and really focused on enabling vendors to demonstrate their products via on-demand access to vendor "labs". The labs are basically controlled environments where users can actually run tools with all of the relevant files, licenses, and configuration already set up, without having to actually install anything on their own servers. 

How is this related to DAC?  As you may have guessed by now, Xuropa's online labs could be used to demonstrate your tools to customers on the DAC floor with only a network-connected laptop. Any heavy lifting required to run tools can be done on the Xuropa servers. Xuropa is giving away a free Xuropa Cloud Application Server and Collaboration Environment to the person with the best tip on how to "do more with less". If you're an EDA vendor planning to attend DAC, you'll want to check out Xuropa's "Do More With Less" contest for information on how to win.