Don't let the name CDNLive! confuse you. It's the Cadence user's group conference and for North America this year it's occurring in Silicon Valley October 26th, 2010. The conference also includes Technology Demos and a Designer Expo, but the heart of the event is really the user presentations. If you haven't submitted a paper for consideration or haven't even thought of a topic to talk about, don't worry -- it's not too late.
The deadline for abstracts is August 22nd, 2010. Abstracts are a maximum of 1,500 words so you don't have to invest a lot of time and energy to see if your topic will be accepted. I highly recommend you consider submitting an abstract. Here's why...
I've presented papers at this conference twice in the past and it's been a rewarding experience each time. The first was back in 2000 when the conference was called the International Cadence Usergroup Conference. I was working at IBM at the time and my colleague Adam Jatkowski and I presented "X-Terminator: A hierarchical pin placement optimizer." We wrote up an algorithm in SKILL that did some very cool things in the pin assignment domain. Adam was brains of the operation and I "sold" it to our project manager. That project was where I developed my interest for EDA scripting languages that continues today. We were just a couple years out of college and had a great time writing the code, presenting the paper, and sneaking in a trip up to Napa at some point during the week. I remember a Cadence representative asking about the run-time of our solution after we finished our talk. Adam advised that "it was on the order of n-squared." Good thing he was there -- I would've said it was "pretty fast."
The next paper was jointly authored with Franklin Bodine from Intel in 2008. We wrote up "Avoiding Unhappy Block Designers with Incremental Feedthrough Insertion." Franklin couldn't join me to present, but it was rewarding to talk about the content we worked together developing to audience members who had familiarity working with the exact set of specific commands we leveraged. Who knew "insertPtnFeedthrough -topoFile" could be the subject of a paper?
2008 was also the year I caught this video of our Encounter software running through VNC on an iPhone. I also had a nice meal at The Grill inside the Fairmont Hotel (where the conference is being held this year). Highly recommended if you can find a way to fit it on the expense report. If you're having difficulty there's always ExpenseASteak.com to help out.
For me the best part of the conference is connecting with other users working in the same functional areas and establishing lasting relationships. For example I met Jason Gentry at the conference. His paper on "Extending SoC-Encounter using Built-In db Commands" was right up my alley. Others enjoyed it too -- it earned the People's Choice Award for Best Paper.
I hope you consider taking the time to submit an abstract and create your own memories at a CDNLive! And I hope to see you there.
Click here to visit the CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2010 website.