DAC 2011 

Synopsys / Dell University Reception  
Monday, June 6
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
San Diego Marriott Hotel, Marina Ballroom D & E

University professors and students are invited to join Synopsys and Dell, in cooperation with MSE, for an evening reception, including drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Prize drawings will be held throughout the evening and the following keynote presentations will be featured.

What Did We Really Learn from the Hubble Experience?
Kevin Thompson, Ph.D.
Group Director, Research & Development
Synopsys, Inc.



Technology has come to one of many cliffs. Too often, massively complex constructions are brought down by an event that is lost in the minutia. Case in point, the initial failure of the Hubble Space Telescope. Through a series of what appeared to be defensive steps, a complete failure was inadvertently created. What has been clearly taught over the last 30 years is that it is not effective to perform your contribution perfectly; you must defend your contribution from potential attack. You must chose to climb to the top of the cliff that appears at the beginning of the project to a higher ground, not be swept to your demise over the cliff at the end of the path that is not yet seen in the rush to complete. But, which of the cliffs that you see ahead, or to the side, do you chose to climb and how? This talk will point to how to choose where to put extra effort and it is left to you to determine how best to make the ascent.

Era of Customization and Implications to EDA
Jason Cong, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Domain-Specific Computing
Chancellor’s Professor
University of California, Los Angeles


In order to meet ever-increasing computing needs and overcome power density limitations, the computing industry has halted simple processor frequency scaling and entered the era of parallelization, with tens to hundreds of computing servers connected in a warehouse-scale data center. However, such highly parallel, general-purpose computing systems still face serious challenges in terms of performance, power, heat dissipation, space, and cost. We believe that we need to look beyond parallelization and focus on domain-specific customization to provide capability of adapting architecture to application in order to achieve significant power-performance efficiency improvement. This paradigm shift requires a great deal of innovation in architecture, compilation, and runtime system design, and offers many exciting and challenging research opportunities. Mr. Cong shall discuss the research progress in this direction and implication to the EDA industry.

Agenda

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.Registration/Check-in
6:30 – 6:45 p.mWelcome/ Program Update
Rich Goldman, Synopsys
6:45 – 7:00 p.m.Enabling Discovery with Dell Research Computing
Jim Gutowski, Dell
7:00 – 7:30 p.m.What Did We Really Learn from the Hubble Experience?
Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., Synopsys
7:30 – 8:00p.m.Era of Customization and Implications to EDA
Jason Cong, Ph.D., UCLA
8:00 p.m.Close

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