Join the Guild - A call for Saber Experts to participate in the Open Saber User Forum
Saber gurus out there, your help is needed! As you probably know, the Saber User Forum has been off and running for some time now. As has been discussed elsewhere, this is a great resource for getting questions answered, finding and sharing models, and spreading the Saber knowledge. What I would like to promote in this column is why it is such a good idea to actively participate in these forums.
First, it might be important to note the breadth of this community. Saber is used for power systems design throughout automotive, mil/aero, industrial power & renewable energy, and a broad range of other industries. Maybe more importantly, this design best practice of physical modeling and simulation continues to grow and refine. Do a quick search on job openings where simulation experience and power electronics experience come together and you'll quickly understand the tremendous value of having skill in this field.
This brings me to my first reason for participating in the forum. Consider this a tremendous way to market yourself. The change in the concept of job security has been well documented and it is increasingly clear that any so-called "security" is self-generated. The Saber forum is a great way to make a name for yourself and demonstrate your domain knowledge and problem solving skills. Don't be anonymous! Boldly place your name out there and help others by sharing your knowledge.
The second thing that I would like to encourage is to treat this as a guild. "Guild" is a great word that harkens back to the Middle Ages (isn't it!?). Websters defines it as "an organization of persons with related interests, goals, etc., especially one formed for mutual aid or protection." I wish that we could gather face-to-face at the market on a regular basis but in our virtual world, this forum is our guild. Please do not treat it as a one-way source. It is only as good as you, the community, make it. How great would it be if everyone on a forum offered two helpful answers for everyone that they took away?
1: an organization of persons with related interests or pursuits;
especially: one formed for mutual aid or protection
Third, let's continue to expand this community together. If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you deeply believe in the ability of physical modeling and simulation as an engineering best practice. Case study after case study has shown the engineering innovations that are enabled by physical modeling and simulation. And, with the advent of VHDL-AMS, we have an open, common language that enables more widespread adoption. Let's help the engineers who are just getting started with this be successful. And, for those who have been doing this for a while, let's continue to advance the state-of-the-art by helping each other advance.
I look forward to your non-anonymous active participation on the Saber User Forum.
Saber Applications Engineering Manager, Jim Patton (Detroit, Michigan)