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The 2011 Electronic System Level Synthesis Conference

June 5-6, 2011
San Diego, California, USA

The ESLsyn 2011 papers and presentations are available for ECSI members and conference attendees and presenters. Please contact the ECSI office for the credentials.

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General Chair: Dan Gajski, University of California, Irvine
Co-Chair & Organization: Adam Morawiec, ECSI
Program Co-Chairs: Philippe Coussy, Lab-STICC, Université de Bretagne Sud and Sandeep K. Shukla, Virginia Tech University

Keynote Speakers
Rishiyur S. Nikhil, Bluespec
          Rethinking your assumptions in ESL Design
Andres Takach, Mentor Graphics
          ESL Model Refinement Challenges
Edward Lee, University of California, Berkeley
          Synthesis of Distributed Real-Time Embedded Software
Michael McNamara, Cadence Design Systems
          The Codependent Relationship of High-Level Synthesis and Verification
Invited Speaker
Dan Gajski, University of California, Irvine
          Quo Vadis ESL?

ESLsyn 2011 Summary

ESLSyn 2011: First ECSI International Symposium on Electronic System Level Synthesis in cooperation with the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (IEEE CEDA) was held on June 5 and 6, 2011 at the San Diego Convention center. The symposium was organized by ECSI with Daniel Gajski (UC Irvine, USA), and Adam Moraweic (ECSI, France) as general chairs. The technical program committee was chaired by Phillip Coussy (Univ. of Bretagne-Sud, France), and Sandeep Shukla (Virginia Tech, USA).

13 papers were selected for presentation at the conference. The presentations were divided into topics including co-design, FPGAs and synthesis, modeling, and system design. In addition to the presentation of these regular papers, there were 4 keynote speeches as well as an invited presentation by Prof. Daniel Gajski entitled "Quo Vadis ESL Synthesis?", which led to very interesting debates and discussions.

Dr. Rishiyur S. Nikhil, CTO of Bluespec, Inc. opened the conference with a keynote titled “Rethinking your Assumptions in ESL Design”, making a very strong case for not using C/C++ like imperative languages as ESL language. The second keynote, presented by Michael McNamara of Cadence Design Systems, discussed the co-dependent relationship of high-level synthesis and verification, elaborating on ECO management and incremental synthesis technologies.

The second day of the conference was opened with a keynote by Andres Takach, chief Scientist of Mentor Graphics, who outlined ESL model refinement challenges, with particular emphasis on C/C++ based ESL. The final keynote speech discussed the synthesis of distributed real-time embedded software with specific connection to PTIDES project and was given by Prof. Edward Lee, distinguished professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

A panel discussion led by Prof. Sandeep Shukla of Virginia Tech, entitled "ESL Synthesis? Get Real!!!", concluded that ESL synthesis is very important for the near future, but what we have now is high-level synthesis of individual components and not system synthesis. More research is needed for system synthesis to become a reality. The panelists included Stephen Neuendorffer from Xilinx, Kim Gruettner from OFFIS, Benjamin Carrion Schafer from NEC Corp., and Johannes Stahl from Synopsys.

Xilinx, Cadence, and Mentor Graphics provided tool demonstrations regarding EDA synthesis solutions that gave the participants of the event a good insight into the state-of-the-art solutions available now for the industrial deployment and used for production chips.

Demo posters were also provided by Xilinx, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, as well as the COMPLEX Project, a European project related to system synthesis methods taking into account power and performance characteristics.

ESLsyn will be a yearly event, gathering the whole community related to system, HW and SW synthesis. The next conference will be organized in conjunction with DAC 2012 in San Francisco, CA. We look forward to meeting you there!

For more information on ESLsyn 2011, including the program, presentations, and proceedings as well as 2012 plans, please refer to www.ecsi.org/eslsyn.

ESLsyn 2011 is organized with the technical co-sponsorship of
IEEE & IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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