Issue No. 05 - September/October (2009 vol. 26)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MDT.2009.112
A Message from the Chair
As the incoming chair of the Design Automation Technical Committee, I would like to thank Juan-Antonio Carballo for his leadership in the past several years. Juan-Antonio's expertise in both venture capital and design automation brought a unique perspective to the committee as well as to the field of design automation. Under his tenure, he injected a healthy dose of business acumen into the committee and worked on a diverse set of initiatives. I am glad that he will still be an important part of DATC.
I also would like to thank all the members for support and giving me the opportunity to serve. I remember that when I was writing my position statement in the beginning of this year, the financial industry seemed to be on the verge of collapse and the whole world was heading toward a depression. What a difference a few months and some strong stimulus packages make! The worst is over and the economy is on the mend. Corporate earnings from solid businesses (led by numerous high-tech companies) are better than expected, and the recession is almost behind us. Now is the time to leverage this positive momentum and plan for the future.
It is time, too, to think about how design automation can provide the much-needed quantum leap in productivity that will help the hardware industry prosper again. There is no lack of interesting challenges confronting us in the months ahead. The path to 22 nm and beyond is difficult to navigate, and it requires the best possible innovation in design for manufacturing, and in integration and packaging technology to continue scaling effectively. In the longer term, we need to find a production-worthy post-CMOS technology. Hardware development is still very costly and labor-intensive, so we must promote more efficient tools and design methodology. The inevitable emergence of manycore systems shifts the value proposition up to the software stack. More than ever before, compilers, programming languages, and models creep into the design process, opening up adjacent areas for design automation.
Along these lines, Gary Smith wrote an excellent article, "Concurrent Memory: A Call to Action"—which, among other things, identified four software infrastructure areas that need development—in the Q1 2009 issue of the online DATC newsletter ( http://www.datc.info/datcnewsletterq109.pdf). To tackle all these challenging problems, I invite you to join DATC and help drive the initiatives that you are passionate about. I look forward to working with you all.
David S. Kung
Senior Manager, Design Automation
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing
22–24 September 2009
Sophia Antipolis, France
6th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society
15–17 January 2010
Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany