KEYWORD: FRONT END DESIGN, BACK END DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION
EVENT TYPE: PANEL
EDA open sourcing: Dawn of a golden age or pipe dream?
Leon Stok - IBM Corp., Yorktown Heights, NY
Noel Menezes - Intel Corp., Hillsboro, OR Sachin Sapatnekar - Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Open-source development is well established as a viable model for funding software development. Vibrant businesses and business models have developed around the “free” software that open sourcing provides. CAD itself has a rich history of successful open-sourcing starting with SPICE (in the seventies) and SIS (in the eighties) which were successfully used by the design houses that comprise the EDA customer base. In the last couple of decades, other than a few specific logic solvers, large-scale EDA open-source success stories have been hard to find. While arguments have been made, mostly by academics, that the commoditization of CAD tooling provides fertile ground, open-sourcing efforts have not succeeded at a large scale.
Recent government initiatives have jump-started interest in the latent CAD open-sourcing community. Several significant efforts have been funded some of which are represented in this special session. This panel will provide an opportunity for the open-source bigots to tell us why it will be different this time around while serving as a platform for the naysayers to tell us why “the more things change, the more they are the same.”
Andrew Kahng - Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA Andreas Olofsson - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, VA Shankar Krishnamoorthy - Synopsys, Inc., Mountain View, CA Arun Subbiah - Intel Corp., Folsom, CA Charles J. Alpert - Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Austin, TX