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The 2011 System, Software, SoC and Silicon Debug Conference (S4D)

October 5-6, 2011
Munich, Germany

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Conference Description
Embedded systems and software complexity is rapidly increasing; from one processor to ten or more, from thousands of lines of code to millions. Modern system-on-chips integrate dozens of hardware accelerators and I/O devices. Modern products integrate hard IP and software from many more sources than in the recent past. Embedded systems debug capabilities must scale with this exponential growth in system complexity.

This third edition of 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 and multi-accelerator SoCs. The conference addresses a vast set of requirements from 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.

Come present research, tools, or methodologies that help eliminate bugs embedded in hardware and/or software at any stage of product development. Potential topics include market/human research on trends in debug requirements for developers of embedded systems and standardization activities for debug and debug automation.

Topics of Interest:

  • System Level Debug, improving visibility
  • Architecture, design analysis
  • Human factors; Bug sources and our behaviors in preventing and eliminating them
  • Real-time debug analysis and tracing
  • Debug tools and activities throughout the product development life-cycle
  • System Performance Analysis and Optimization
  • Multi-core and heterogeneous core debug
  • Debug in a co-development environment
  • On-die debug capabilities
  • Software debug/analysis infrastructure DFT Reuse for Debug and Analysis
  • Transitioning debug and test among model, simulation, FPGA, and Post-silicon
  • Bug capture automation and reproduction
  • Debugging of IP blocks and their Integration
  • Debug Architectures and Interfaces
  • Digital/Analog Debug
  • Tools for Debug, Analysis and Optimization
  • Tools and Equipment Impact
  • Debug Case Studies
  • Debug R&D Initiatives Debug Standards

The above list is not an exhaustive list of topics addressed by S4D; related contributions 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.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: May 23, 2011 May 30, 2011 (extended)
Notification of acceptance: June 29, 2011
Camera ready papers: September 5, 2011
Submission web page:

Submission Requirements:
Authors should submit their abstracts of minimum 2 pages, double-column IEEE format (template is available here), in PDF through the web-based submission system. The abstract should describe main contributions, concepts, innovation and conclusions. The abstract may not contain confidential information. The submitted paper must not mention names and affiliations of the authors. Submitted papers are required to describe original unpublished work and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. After the acceptance, authors may extend their contribution to 6 pages. Proceedings of S4D 2011 will be published in the ECSI Resource Center. The selected best papers from several S4D Conference editions will be published in the book edited by SPRINGER.

Panels, Special Sessions, Working Groups, Project Meetings, Embedded Tutorials:
Proposals for special sessions (panels, working sessions, standardization or user group meetings, etc.) as well as proposals for half-day (4 hours) embedded tutorials are invited. Acceptance will be based on relevance and potential interest. Special sessions will be embedded in regular workshops. Accepted tutorials will receive one free registration to the S4D Conference per tutorial. A one page description of the tutorial or special sessions including title, presenters, contents, and the relevant track(s) should be sent to S4D2011 [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 S4D2011 [at] ecsi [dot] org as soon as possible.

Steering Committee:
Pat Brouillette, Intel, USA
Albrecht Mayer, Infineon, DE
Adam Morawiec, ECSI, FR
Markus Winterholer, Cadence, DE

Local Organizer:
Infineon Technologies

Program Committee:
Tapani Ahonen, TUT
Sean Baartmans, Intel
Jens Braunes, pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH, pls Development Tools
Pat Brouillette, Intel
Al Crouch, Asset-Intertech
Philippe Cuenot, Continental
Serge De Paoli, STMicroelectronics
Stylianos Diamantidis, Globetech Solutions
Jakob Engblom, Wind River
Philipp Graf, FZI
Ziyad Hanna, Jasper Design Automation
Andreas Hoffmann, Synopsys
Rohit Kapur, Synopsys
Rolf Kühnis, Intel
Gilbert Laurenti, Texas Instruments
Rainer Leupers, RWTH AACHEN University
Markus Levy, MCA
Andrea Martin, Lauterbach
Albrecht Mayer, Infineon
Klaus McDonald-Maier, University of Essex / UltraSoC
Adam Morawiec, ECSI
Brenden Mullane, University of Limerick
Chris Ng, IBM
Robert Oshana, Freescale
Frédéric Petrot, TIMA Laboratory
Serge Poublan, ARM
Paolo Prinetto, Politecnico di Torino
David Riemens, NXP Semiconductors
Peter Rössler, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
Neal Stollon, HDL Dynamics
Erich Styger, Freescale
Alan P. Su, GCU
Tobias Schwalb, KIT
Thomas Ulber, Mentor Graphics
Bart Vermeulen, NXP Semiconductors
Alexander Weiss, Accemic GmbH & Co. KG
Michael Williams, ARM
Markus Winterholer, Cadence Design Systems
Hans-Joachim Wunderlich, Univeristy of Stuttgart

ECSI Office
office [at] ecsi [dot] org
S4D2011 [at] ecsi [dot] org
Ph: +33 4 76 63 49 34
Fax: +33 9 58 08 24 13

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