Call for Contributions

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Debug is a critical factor in improving electronic product quality and reducing product delays and covers a wide range of issues; from conceptual performance on system level down to sporadic bugs of the real silicon. These problems are complicated by a variety of requirements for multi-core SoCs, which introduce many new debug issues related to software and performance concerns. System-level, SoC-level, embedded Software and Silicon debug are topics with considerable visibility, due to their importance for improving the maturity and time to market of electronic products. Significant related activity has been focused into standardization of debug oriented interfaces, features and methodologies. As part of a holistic approach to system design, debug methods increasingly facilitate architecture analysis and optimization at many levels of the design process. Debug is also a challenge to for software development and tools to support chips with many cores, and several efforts are ongoing to address development and standardization of the software interfaces used to debug multi-core applications.

The S4D Conference has evolved from several industry workshops organized by ECSI into the areas of debug and provides a forum for work and standardization efforts related to debug of electronic systems, with a focus on multi-core SoC. The conference addresses a vast set of requirements from by system and SoC companies with regard to debug methods and tools. It includes efforts from IEEE and other standards working groups, including the Nexus 5001 Forum, IJTAG (IEEE P1687), IEEE 1149.7, MIPI, industry working groups including OCP-IP, the Multicore Association (MCA), the Accellera - SPIRIT Consortium and Eclipse and industry R&D projects contributing to debug and related tools and methods development. The S4D Conference event also allows presentation and discussion of existing and new commercial debug tools and products related to electronic (silicon and software) methods, devices, and systems. In summary, the S4D conference provides a forum for discussing research, scientific and commercial development in the areas of system, software, SoC and silicon debug.

  • System Level Debug
  • System Performance Analysis and Optimization
  • Embedded Software Debug
  • ESL Model based System Debug
  • FPGA based System Debug
  • Silicon Debug
  • Design and Synthesis for Debug
  • DFT Reuse for Debug and Analysis
  • Debug Architectures and Interfaces
  • Digital/Analog Debug
  • Debugging of IP blocks and their Integration
  • Tools for Debug, Analysis and Optimization
  • Tools and Equipment Impact
  • Debug Case Studies
  • Debug R&D Initiatives
  • Debug Standards

This list not exclusive

  • BAARTMANS Sean – Intel
  • CUENOT Philippe – Continental
  • CROUCH Al - ASSET-Intertech
  • DE PAOLI Serge - STMicroelectronics
  • DIAMANTIDIS Stylianos - Globetech Solutions
  • GRAF Philipp - FZI
  • KAPUR Rohit – Synopsys
  • KÜHNIS Rolf - Nokia
  • LAURENTI Gilbert – Texas Instruments
  • LEUPERS Rainer - RWTH Aachen University
  • LEVY Markus – Multicore Association
  • MARTIN Andrea - Lauterbach
  • MAYER Albrecht - Infineon Technologies
  • McDONALD-MAIER Klaus – U Essex & UltraSoC
  • NG Chris - IBM
  • OSHANA Robert - Freescale
  • POUBLAN Serge - ARM
  • PRINETTO Paolo – Politecnico di Torino
  • RIEMENS David - NXP Semiconductors
  • STOLLON Neal - HDL Dynamics
  • STYGER Erich - Freescale
  • SU Alan P. - Global Unichip Corp / ITRI
  • SWAINE Andrew - ARM
  • VERMEULEN Bart – NXP Semiconductors
  • WINTERHOLER Markus – Cadence
  • WUNDERLICH Hans-Joachim – U Stuttgart

Accepted electronic format is PDF.
Authors are invited to send all information in electronic format through a web submission process at:
In case of problems, please send an email to:
Adam [dot] Morawiec [at] ecsi [dot] org

Abstract submissions due July 16th
Special session & tutorial proposals due July 16th
Notification of acceptance - July 31st
Presenters delivery of final version of accepted papers and registration -
August 31st
Proposal for on-site meetings - September 7th
S4D 2010 - September 15-16th

The conference program will cover 2 full days:

  • Research / Scientific Sessions

         Program Committee review & acceptance

  • Industry Requirements Session

         Invited presentations

  • EDA Sessions

         Invited presentations

  • Standardization Sessions

         Invited presentations

  • Panel discussions

         Invited by the Call for Proposals

  • Keynotes

         Invited presentations

  • Tutorials

         Invited by the Call for Proposals


Requirements for Submissions & Types of Submission
  • Submission: An abstract of 1 page A4 in pdf file format. The abstract should describe main contributions, concepts, innovation and conclusions. The abstract may not contain confidential information.
  • Blind review: The submitted paper must not mention names and affiliations of the authors.
  • Originality: Submitted papers are required to describe original unpublished work and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Requirements for Presentation
Authors of accepted papers will deliver a final version of papers based on recommended changes from reviewers, a copyright release form (which will be provided) and author registrations at the S4D Conference for contributing authors.

Final versions of accepted papers should to not exceed 6 A4 pages and follow the formatting guidelines provided on the submission web page. They must be submitted by August 31, 2010. Accepted papers, keynote presentations, and tutorial documents will be published in electronic form (on a USB flash drive) provided to registered Conference participants. Following the conference, all papers, presentations, and documents will be published at the ECSI web repository (if no confidentiality issues are pending). In addition, the authors of the selected regular papers may be invited to prepare an extended manuscript for publication in an edited book from Springer Science + Business Media publisher after the event.

Embedded Tutorials
Proposals for half-day (4 hours) embedded tutorials on specific topics around any of the four workshops will be accepted depending on topic relevance and evidence of a comprehensive agenda. A one page description of the tutorial including title, presenters, contents, and the relevant track(s) should be sent to Andrew [dot] Swaine [at] arm [dot] com. Accepted tutorials will receive one free registration to the S4D Conference per tutorial.

Panels, Special Sessions, Working Groups, Project Meetings
Proposal for special sessions (panels, working sessions, standardization or user group meetings, etc.) focused on any of the conference topics are invited and will be accepted based on relevance and potential interest to the audience. Special sessions will be embedded in regular workshops. A one page description including title, participants, contents, and the relevant track(s) should be sent to Adam [dot] Morawiec [at] ecsi [dot] org.

Companies, universities or other organizations providing innovative tools and environments for the described topics will find in S4D an opportunity to demonstrate these tools and environments to attendees. Proposals should be sent to Adam [dot] Morawiec [at] ecsi [dot] org as soon as possible.

Andrew Swaine, ARM – Andrew [dot] Swaine [at] arm [dot] com
Adam Morawiec, ECSI – Adam [dot] Morawiec [at] ecsi [dot] org

Conference Office:
Parc Equation
2, Avenue de Vignate
38610 Gières – France
Ph: + 33 4 76 63 49 34
Fax: +33 9 58 08 24 13
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S4D2010 will be co-located with:
FDL 2010 conference:

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