Monday is tutorial day at DAC, and this year the highest-attended tutorial was Synthesizing SystemC to Layout, led by Michael Bohm of Intel. The first session had over 100 attendees, standing room only:
Later sessions each had over 50 attendees.
The tutorial featured topics ranging from designing using SystemC to high-level synthesis to verification, and Mike discussed some of the productivity benefits that he has seen, especially in terms of verification throughput. The main takeaway was that high-level synthesis is here, it works, and you should be using it in production now.
But the biggest takeaway was the amount of engineers who attended this tutorial. It seems that this really is the time when we begin to see widespread adoption of SystemC design and verification along with high-level synthesis.