Workshop on Open Source Design Automation (OSDA) 2019

held in conjunction with the Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE)
Friday, March 29, 2019; Florence, Italy

Submission Deadline: December 17, 2018
Submission Link

Advance Programme

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FPGAs are increasingly finding themselves in huge data-centers as well as in the hands of hobbyists. However the wide availability of these high and low cost devices contrasts with the narrow ways in which one can access them -- through proprietary closed-source tools and IP -- which can hamper the realisation and deployment of novel FPGA-based applications and EDA innovations. Open-source is a proven and prevalent success when it comes to CPU and GPU silicon, and there are already efforts to drive reconfigurable silicon towards the same trend.

This one-day workshop aims to bring together industrial, academic, and hobbyist actors to explore, disseminate, and network over ongoing efforts for open design automation, with a view to enabling unfettered research and development, improving EDA quality, and lowering the barriers and risks to entry for industry. These aims are particularly poignant due to the recent efforts across the European Union (and beyond) that mandate “open access” for publicly funded research to both published manuscripts as well as any code necessary for reproducing its conclusions.

Extended motivation

Advance Programme:

0845 - Welcome
0900 - Keynote: TBD
1000 - Coffee Break
1030 - Invited Speaker: TBD
1100 - Session 1 (talks, posters, demos) TBD
1200 - Lunch
1245 - Panel discussion: "How does one commercialise open-source EDA/IP" More info
    Andrea Borga (Oliscience, Netherlands)
    Uli Drepper (Red Hat, Germany)
    Clifford Wolf (Symbiotic EDA, Austria)
1330 - "VHDL Reuse: from Vendor Independence to Open Source"
   Daniel van der Schuur (ASTRON, Netherlands)
1400 - Invited Speaker: TBD
1430 - Coffee Break
1500 - Session 2 (talks, posters, demos) TBD
1600 - "UVVM - The fastest growing FPGA verification methodology world-wide!"
   Espen Tallaksen (Bitvis, Norway)
1645 - Closing Remarks
1700 - Further networking, drinks, food, and beyond...

Panel discussion: "How does one commercialise open-source EDA/IP?"

Panellists: will be discussing whether it is possible to build a (stable!) business or research group around open-source -- when the things that you are building is ostensibly given away for free. Topics explored will be panellist's experiences with doing this, their opinions on the various open-source licenses (copyleft versus permissive) in the context of hardware, their views on whether open and closed-source can co-exist, and the momentum within the EU to mandate "open access" research.

Topics of interest at OSDA include, but are not limited to:

Important dates

Submission deadlineDecember 17, 2018
Notification of acceptanceJanuary 14, 2019
Camera-ready final version  Feb 11, 2019
WorkshopMarch 29, 2019

Submission details and requirements

Prospective authors are invited to submit original contributions (up to six pages), extended abstracts describing work-in-progress or position papers (not exceeding two pages), and demo proposals that would be of general interest. Papers must be submitted as an A4-sized PDF, in the IEEE conference format.

In line with OSDA’s mission, we encourage and will favour submissions that make all artifacts used for experimentation (benchmarks, code, etc.) available for private peer-review. Accepted submissions are required to publish these artifacts under an OSI-approved (preferably permissive) license.

The proceedings of this workshop containing all accepted papers will be published on the open-access arXiv repository. Every accepted paper must have at least one author registered to the workshop by January 31.
Selected papers may also be considered for a special-issue journal; student authors may be eligible for travel assistance from our sponsors.

Submission Link

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