Monday, November 29, 2010

Free tutorial: Synchronization of digital telecom networks from IEEE

Free tutorial on Synchronization of digital telecom networks.  The price is right.  :-)
If you cannot see the link for accessing it, it is:

Connie L. O'Dell 
CO Consulting - Boulder, CO -

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Monday, November 22, 2010

2011 IEEE Computer Society Simulator Design Competition

"2011 Simulator Design competition for students worldwide with a top prize of 8,000 USD and a second place prize of 2,000 USD"

Interesting student opportunity, in case of interest.  Probably looks good on a resume, too.

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Subject: 2011 IEEE Computer Society Simulator Design Competition

2011 IEEE Computer Society Simulator Design Competition

IEEE Computer Society is presenting the 2011 Simulator Design competition for students worldwide with a top prize of 8,000 USD and a second place prize of 2,000 USD. Student teams will be invited to design a CPU simulator, a program used in many architecture courses to illustrate how computers work.

"This is an exciting competition because it cuts across traditional boundaries by combining architecture with program design and software engineering – just like real life," said Alan Clements, chair of the competition and an emeritus professor of computer science. "All you have to do is to write a program. Well, that's not quite all. You have to write an excellent program using professional design techniques."

The competition requires that students have taken a course in architecture and have both programming and software engineering skills. Student teams will submit both a report and a working program at the end of the competition.

Who can compete?

The competition is open to student members of the IEEE Computer Society organized into teams consisting of three to five students enrolled at the same institution of higher learning.

Current IEEE student members can add Computer Society student membership (8 USD in the U.S. and Canada and 13 USD in the rest of the world) at:

Non-member students can join both IEEE and IEEE Computer Society (40 USD) at:

As part of their member benefits, all student members receive access to the Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL).

The competition is conducted through online submission of reports and simulators to the panel of international judges (chosen by the IEEE Computer Society).  This year's judges include Bob Colwell, one of the world's leading experts on computer design and Intel's former chief architect on the Pentium 4 processor.

To register and for more information visit the competition web site at:
(Registration deadline is 18 January 2011)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Any SystemC experienced persons looking for full or part-time work? Anyone at all?

People I worked with at HP, people in Colorado, or anyone I know elsewhere?  I am fresh out of staffing leads right now for a live project I am working on.  Feel free to forward this to anyone else you would recommend.  Transaction-level verification experience, randomized SystemC  testbench or parametrized template class writing experience, or high-level synthesis experience would also be very helpful.  And are you open to contracting, such as 1099 contracting?

Also feel free to connect to me on LinkedIn if you have this kind of experience, my email is , even if you are not available right now, or you do not do contracting.

Connie L. O'Dell 
Sr. Verification Specialist 
CO Consulting - Boulder, CO -

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dec 2: Embedded Design from Microcontrollers to Ecosystems

Seems like a good free web conference.  If you cannot see it, the register link appears to be:

Connie L. O'Dell 
Sr. Verification Specialist 
CO Consulting - Boulder, CO -

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Dear Connie,

STMicroelectronics and EE Times are pleased to invite you to attend STMicroelectronics Virtual Conference: Robust Ecosystem = Embedded Success. This complimentary virtual event takes place on Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 11am-6pm EST.

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm EST
Where: From the Comfort of Your Desk

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Join your peers and experts and learn how to take full advantage of a robust development ecosystem to achieve embedded success. Here are just some of the presentations and discussions that we have in store for you:

  • 32-bit Microcontrollers: A Growth Engine, Keynote Address presented by Michael Barr, President, Netrino
  • Accurate Power Estimation in Low-Power Designs
  • Alternatives for High-Performance Design
  • The Role of Development Tools
  • The Challenge of Applications

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EE TimesIf you are interested in learning how to estimate real-world performance, how to exploit the concept of a development ecosystem, best practices for selecting and integrating major software functions, reducing power in embedded design and staying current with today's reality of embedded design, then you do not want to miss this Virtual Conference presented by EE Times.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Hardware DV job search tip

Helpful hint to the hardware design/verification job seeker,
   If you join some of these linkedin groups that other design/verification folks tend to be in, you will be able to send direct messages to some of them (people get to choose whether group co-members can contact them or not), even if they are not in your network otherwise.  Might be handy.  :-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Assertion Based Verification, Denver seminar

Harry Foster and Cliff Cummings run a great seminar, and here in Colorado, too!!! Check it out:

Assertion Based Verification for FPGA and IC Design Seminar - Mentor Graphics

Assertions, Verification, System Verilog Assertions tutorial, what more could you want :-) Also running in another (former) HP location, Richardson, Texas. (I used to work with those guys, and Harry did before me - small world).