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The 2012 Electronic System Level Synthesis Conference

June 2-3, 2012
San Francisco, California, USA

co-located with DAC!
49th ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference, June 3-7, 2012
at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA

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The ever-increasing need for enhanced productivity in designing highly complex electronic systems drives the evolution of design methods beyond the traditional approaches. Virtual prototyping, design space exploration and system synthesis with the goal of optimized and functionally correct product implementations are needed for designing both HW and SW parts. ESL design does not only provide system architects with the right tools to make the right decisions about the system architecture, it includes the methodologies and techniques that correlate the ESL model. A well-connected ESL-to-implementation design flow is needed.

The system design teams expect newer and more efficient methods and tools supporting better management of the design complexity and reduction of the design cycle time all together, breaking the trend to compromise on the evaluation of various design implementation options. Designing at higher levels of abstraction is a viable way to better cope with the system design complexity, to verify earlier in the design process and to increase code reuse.

The Electronic System Level Synthesis Conference ESLsyn focuses on automated system design methods that enable efficient modelling of systems to provide the capability to synthesize HW platforms and embedded software with particular aspects related to synthesis.

ESLsyn will focus on the five key tasks related to the design and verification of complex, programmable electronic products:

  • The development of product architectures and specifications, including the incorporation and configuration of IP
  • The mapping of applications to a product specification, including hardware/software partitioning and processor optimization
  • The creation of pre-silicon, virtual hardware platforms for software development
  • The determination/automation of a hardware implementation for that architecture
  • The development of reference models for verifying the hardware

Furthermore, ESLsyn addresses:
  • Cyber-Physical System/System/Platform related to ESL design flow
  • High-Level Synthesis, Behavioral Synthesis, Architectural Synthesis for HW Design in cooperation with the ESL design flow
  • Embedded Software Synthesis that is used into the ESL design flow

The above list is not an exhaustive list of topics addressed by ESLsyn; contributions related to ESLsyn problems in general not listed here are highly welcome. Submissions may be theoretical scientific papers, research in progress, case studies, tool use cases and best practice, as well as industry experiences.

Target Audience

This conference will provide an overview of existing and emerging solutions provided by both industrial partners (EDA companies) and research institutions in the domain of ESL synthesis. It will give an outline of synthesis methods and tools available currently in the market and discuss their applicability, performance, strengths and user experiences. Finally, the event will create a discussion platform for experience exchange between providers of synthesis technology and industry users, but also will be a forum to discuss scientific concepts and paradigms for the future evolution of synthesis methods.

Important Deadlines
Paper submission deadline: March 31
Abstract submission deadline: April 13 (extended)
Papers submission deadline: April 16
Notification of Acceptance:   April 30
Camera Ready Papers:   May 14

Submission Requirements
Authors should submit their full papers (up to 6 pages, double-column IEEE format) in PDF through the web based submission system: Submitted papers are required to describe original unpublished work and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The conference proceedings will be published in electronic form with an ISSN and ISBN number and made available on the ECSI website and IEEE Xplore. Full submission requirements, templates and submission page link can be found at The selected best papers from several ESLsyn Conference editions will be published in the book edited by SPRINGER.

Demonstration of tools will be possible at the conference for ECSI Members and ESLsyn Conference Sponsors. They will benefit from:

  • Access to a demonstration booth composed of a poster stand and a table with power plug connection
  • Access to the Workshop Registration Lists
  • Publicity opportunities

Find out more about Membership benefits and Sponsorship opportunities at!

Co-located with DAC
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for EDA and silicon solutions. Now in its 49th year, DAC features a wide array of technical presentations, as well as more than 200 of the leading electronics design suppliers in a colorful, well-attended trade show that, literally, attracts stakeholders from around the world.

DAC is where the IC Design and EDA ecosystem learns, networks, and does business. DAC is also where the latest technical research is presented. DAC covers all topics related to the design complex systems on chip: Embedded System design and verification down to physical layout verification & test.

ESLsyn Secretariat
Electronic Chips & Systems design Initiative
Parc Equation
2, avenue de Vignate
38610 Gières, France
office [at] ecsi [dot] org, eslsyn2012 [at] ecsi [dot] org
Ph: +33 4 76 63 49 34
Fax: +33 9 58 08 24 13

ESLsyn 2012 is organized with the technical co-sponsorship of
IEEE & IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)




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