Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DAC 2012 Freebies, Silicon Valley Special Offer

They seem pretty motivated to get your attendance, if you are in Silicon Valley (or if you can swing a stay on somebody's couch there).
It is something I would recommend if you are job-seeking in this field, even if CA is not where you want to be, it is a great place for networking.

Of course, if you want to be in Colorado in hardware design/verification/EDA, (or even better compiler engineering!) you should definitely drop me an email or a LinkedIn connection  :-)

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

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Date: Tue, May 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM
Subject: DAC 2012 Silicon Valley Special Offer

We're eagerly anticipating the 49th Design Automation Conference in San Francisco next week. Many thousands of design professionals, researchers and 'chipheads' will share the very latest at DAC. May we invite you to join the DAC excitement, in nearby San Francisco? There is free bus service from the south bay, making a day at DAC easier than ever.

Next to our full registration, we can offer complementary registration for the User Track, tutorials, keynotes, and exhibition (details here).  That makes spending a day at DAC more convenient than ever. Please pass this around among your colleagues.

For 2012, we have the most exciting and elaborate program in half a century of DAC legacy. A few of the highlights are:

  • Keynotes by Mike Muller (ARM's founder & CTO) and the chief architects of Intel's and IBM's hottest chips on design practices
  • Chose from hundreds of presentations on the on latest methods and technologies. 
  • 100+ presentations by IC designers from leading companies on design practices in the User Track
  • Hard-hitting compact tutorials on System C design, Analog Design, lithography challenges in 10nm and 14nm, etc.
  • Dynamic panel sessions on future design trends and hypes, cloud, 3D, tear downs and much much more!
  • Over 200 companies lined up in the exhibition, officering a complete coverage of commercial design tools and IP solutions.
  • Meet colleagues and old friends during the daily cocktail receptions. 
  • Much more! check out the program at
  • Free bus service from the south bay makes the trip up to San Francisco easy and stress free. 

It would be our pleasure to welcome you at DAC, the place we design meets automation! Please check out to see  what DAC has to offer and register today. 

We look forward to see you at 49th DAC, at the home of the 49ers!


Bob Gardner
Executive Director
EDA Consortium

EDA Consortium | 111 West Saint John St. | Suite 220 | San Jose | CA | 95113

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Denali/Cadence DAC Party Still Alive?: (was: Industry Insights Blog)

I do not know what the attendee screening rules are like, of course, but it is nice to see it continuing...
"... Learn about all Cadence DAC activities, including the Denali Party, here  ..."

Industry Insights Blog

Free DAC Breakfasts: HW/SW Co-Development, 28nm/20nm Challenges

Posted: 14 May 2012 06:00 AM PDT

Don't go into the frenzied activity of the Design Automation Conference (DAC) without a good breakfast! Fortunately, you can get a good breakfast and learn a lot from two events sponsored by Cadence Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6 at the 49th DAC in San Francisco.


Tuesday June 5

Addressing Hardware/Software Co-Development, System Integration, and Time to Market
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (doors open and breakfast is served at 7:30 AM)
Location: 270-276 (Moscone Convention Center)

This breakfast will feature speakers from Cadence and LSI Corp. Speakers will present the following topics:

  • Cadence System Development Suite overview
  • "Intelligent instrumentation" using the System Development Suite
  • Improving FPGA bring-up time using the Palladium front end (LSI)
  • Real-world system validation using Palladium XP
  • Verification IP catalog update

The breakfast session will conclude with a panel discussion in which Cadence technologists and guests will answer your questions about system-level development challenges.

Wednesday June 6

The Path to Yielding at 2(x)nm and Beyond
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (doors open and breakfast is served at 7:30 AM)
Location: 270-276 (Moscone Convention Center)

This breakfast will include speakers from Cadence, IBM and Samsung. A panel will look at process and design challenges at advanced nodes and discuss what it takes to ramp up to volume production. The panel will examine challenges from the foundry, EDA and customer perspectives.

Interested? Learn more about Cadence DAC lunches and breakfasts here

Register for lunches and breakfasts here

Learn about all Cadence DAC activities, including the Denali Party, here

See you in San Francisco!

Richard Goering


Free DAC Lunches: Custom/Analog Variability, ARM Low Power Processors in Mixed-Signal Designs

Posted: 14 May 2012 06:00 AM PDT

There is such a thing as a free lunch - if you're at the 49th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco June 3-7. Cadence is sponsoring two lunches at which you can learn about two important technology topics - custom/analog variability, and the use of ARM processors in low-power, mixed-signal designs.


Monday June 4
Overcoming Variability and Productivity Challenges in Your High-Performance, Advanced Node, Custom/Analog Design
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (doors open and food is served at 11:30 AM)
Location: 270-276 (Moscone Convention Center)

Speakers at this lunch include Francois Lemery, CAD Project Manager, STMicroelectronics; Vinod Kariat, Fellow, Cadence; and Thomas Volden, Architect, Cadence. Speakers will show why variability is introducing new challenges at advanced process nodes, including layout-dependent effects. Cadence experts will demonstrate a comprehensive flow that can reduce total design time, manage layout-dependent effects, and optimize circuit performance without over-designing.

Tuesday June 5
Overcoming the Challenges of Embedding Ultra Low-Power, ARM 32-bit Processors into Analog/Mixed-Signal Designs
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (doors open and food is served at 11:30 AM)
Location: 270-276 (Moscone Convention Center)

Speakers at this luncheon include Rob Cosaro, MCU System and Architecture group, NXP; Keith Clarke, VP Embedded Processors, ARM;  John Murphy, Alliance Group Director, Cadence; Mladen Nizic, Engineering Director, Cadence; and Jamie Davey, ARM Alliance Director, Cadence. Speakers will participate in a roundtable discussion showing how you can integrate ARM Cortex-M processors and other design IP into your mixed-signal design more efficiently. Attendees will learn about the advantages of the new Cortex-M0 processor, ARM Cortex-M based MCUs from NXP, and the Cadence low-power and mixed-signal design solution.

Interested? Learn more about Cadence DAC lunches and breakfasts here

Register for lunches and breakfasts here

Learn about all Cadence DAC activities, including the Denali Party, here

See you in San Francisco!

Richard Goering


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Dining Sign Sunday, June 3rd: DAC 2012 Kick-Off Reception.
Join industry leaders as we open DAC 2012 with a lively evening of networking, food, and fun, hosted by the DAC Executive Committee and the EDA Consortium. (More information and registration.)
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DAC 2012 will be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Hotel and reservations are available on the DAC web site.
New for 2012! Stress Free Transportation to DAC (from Silicon Valley)
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Sunday, June 3rd: Gary Smith's EDA Update.
After the EDAC/DAC Kick-Off reception, come hear Gary Smith & Sharon Tan discuss "How to Acheive 44% Design Cost Reduction". This year's talk will focus on multi-platform designs and how these platforms are dramatically cutting the cost of design.More information and video.
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Free Monday Monday — Wednesday, June 4th — 6th: Free Exhibits!
Once again, EDAC members Atrenta, Cadence, and Springsoft are offering complimentary admission to the exhibit floor (Restrictions apply). (More information and registration.)
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Monday, June 4th: Pavilion Panel Opening.
Gary Smith of Gary Smith EDA reviews EDA's hottest technology trends. How will the dramatic changes in EDA, the semiconductor market and the design community affect you? What are the hot 'must sees' at this year's conference? Find out here, and watch the video!
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Join the EDA Consortium and the IEEE Council on EDA prior to Tuesday Morning's Keynote Address at 8:30 AM in Ballroom 102/103, as we proudly honor Dr. C. L. David Liu with the 2011 Phil Kaufman Award. Dr. Liu was selected to receive the award for his work in leading the transformation from ad hoc EDA to algorithmic EDA. (Admission is included with conference and exhibitor registration.) (More information.)
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EDA Heritage Tuesday, June 5th: EDA Heritage Series.
Join us in the Pavilion Panel for an interview with 1997 Phil Kaufman award recipient Jim Solomon, as he illuminates the mystic world of analog (More information and video.)
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EDAC/CELUG Event Wednesday, June 6th & Thursday, June 7th: EDAC/CELUG Event
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Flavorwire » Mind-Blowing Miniatures of Real Places Around the World

And I thought LegoLand was cool...   :-)

Flavorwire » Mind-Blowing Miniatures of Real Places Around the World:

Mind-Blowing Miniatures of Real Places Around the World

When you think of miniatures, perhaps images of old ladies meticulously constructing dollhouses and shut-ins building ships in bottles come to mind. But, whether they’re commercial ventures or individuals’ all-consuming projects, there are quite a few miniatures out there that could actually be described as awesome. A scale model of New York City that reproduces every single building from Staten Island to the Bronx? Amazing. A Mayan temple made out of nine tons of chocolate? Incredible (not to mention delicious). A teeny tour of old Hong Kong? Fascinating. We’ve collected some of the coolest — and one of the most depressing — miniature models of cities and landmarks from around the world. Take a guided tour after the jump.
New York City
The Queens Museum may pale in comparison to the Met — or even the Brooklyn Museum — but it does have one incredible work that ought to make those two institutions jealous: The Panorama, a 9,335 square foot model of New York that includes all 900,000 or so buildings in the five boroughs. Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, it was last updated in 1992, which means its version of Brooklyn is blissfully free of all the ugly condos that have gone up in the past decade or so. You can see a whole lot more pictures of the model here.
Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade
If you visited Disneyland in the ’70s, ’80s, or ’90s, you probably remember the theme park’s long-running Main Street Electrical Parade, in which floats and performers alike were decked out in countless tiny lights. Multidisciplinary artist Alex George remembered the parade, too, and decided to make his own mechanized version using the Robert Olszewski Main Street miniatures he had collected. The uncannily realistic result involves a chain-and-sprocket track and hundreds of programmable LEDs, and took months of work.

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At 29 years old when he completed it in 2008, French artist Gerard Brion had spent over half his life creating Le Petit Paris. He constructed the intricate model, which has taken over his garden in the South of France, out of concrete blocks and assorted trash. Visit The Sun for a slideshow ofLe Petit Paris images, including a gorgeous nighttime shot (yes, of course the miniature City of Lights lights up).

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Great Spinx of Giza
If you’ve got an eye for perspective and have ever wanted to confuse your friends by posting Facebook photos of yourself at the Taj Mahal, Parthenon, Great Wall of China, Empire State Building, and Notre Dame de Paris all at once, you may want to plan a trip to Japan’s Tobu World Square. Completed in 1993, this Japanese attraction features 102 reproductions of historical landmarks from around the world at 1/25 their actual size. The sphinx, above, is only one of many Ancient Egyptian sites you can “visit” at the park.
Las Vegas
Hamburg, Germany’s 12,378 square-foot Miniatur Wonderland is the largest model railway in the world. Built by a pair of twins, Gerrit and Frederik Braun, it features sections that recreate European countries and cities (with Hamburg as a highlight, of course), as well as the United States. In addition to the brightly lit Las Vegas you see above, the American portion of Miniatur Wonderland includes Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, and even Area 51. (The Braun brothers seem pretty into UFOs.)  And the attraction isn’t finished with construction yet — Italy and France are both in the works, with African or Japanese railways possibly on the agenda after those are completed.
Mexico’s Temple of Kukulkan
Not only is this a gorgeous miniature recreation of an ancient Mayan temple that still stands in Chichen Itza, Mexico — it’s also the world’s largest chocolate sculpture. Weighing in at 18,239 pounds, it’s the creation of Qzina Specialty Foods and was built in honor of the company’s 30th anniversary and the opening its Institute of Pastry and Chocolate. Those who know their food history will realize that Qzina’s pairing of the Maya civilization with chocolate is no accident. See more photos of this mouthwatering monument at Designboom.

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Old Hong Kong
For an exhibition called In Retrospect: Hong Kong Zoomed in Miniature, a group of artists created tiny versions of the homes, restaurants, and shops that make up Old Hong Kong. As the photos taped to the mirror and light-up barbershop poll above illustrate, what makes these pieces so incredible is the attention to tiny details. See more pictures from the show here.
Buckingham Palace
The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan, in Taipei, promises untold tiny wonders, but perhaps its most breathtaking piece is a startlingly intricate recreation of Buckingham Palace. The work of British miniaturists Kevin and Susan Mulvany, it recreates everything from the royal family’s fringed curtains to the surrounding peasants’ homes. See a great shot of the exterior here.
How can you be in Amsterdam and The Hague at the same time? Pay a visit to the latter’sMadurodam, a 1:25 scale model of a Dutch city that recreates a selection of landmarks from around the country — including Amsterdam’s canals, airport, and Rijksmuseum. The miniature city is named after George Maduro, a Jewish member of the anti-Nazi Dutch resistance who died at Dachau.

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While most of the items on this list seem to have been created in the spirit of obsessive fun, there are few pieces of art darker than this pair of models from Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum. The first shows the city before the detonation of an atomic bomb in August, 1945, while the other (above) reproduces the same area in the days after the explosion. If there’s ever been a more convincing argument against nuclear proliferation, we haven’t seen it.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SymbolHound - Programmer's search for special characters? - Stack Overflow

google - Search engine for special characters? - Stack Overflow:

[Connie says: I'll show a search I did with symbolhound at the end of this post.  This is a Google-like search, except useful for looking for code constructs.  I have found a few special characters can be successfully escaped and quoted in Google search, but you definitely *cannot* search for      {0,}      for instance.]

Google strips most special characters from the text they index so it's not a good tool for many troubleshooting-related tasks, such as finding out what the variable "$-" is in perl, or searching for error output that is loaded with special characters.
Is there a good way to search for such content on the web?
This question is related to the following question: Looking for special characters in Google
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I'm a Google employee who works on Search and I want to say that you're right, Google and other search engines allow only limited special character searching. Is there a specific example (or two or three!) of a query the delivers unsatisfactory results precisely because the special character is ignored? Thanks! Kelly – Kelly F Jan 14 '11 at 0:55
Yes. When searching for tetration-related discussions I tried to search for x^x and x^x^x, with Rambler search engine this worked, but now it does not because it abandoned its own engine last year and uses Yandex now. Another example was when I was searching for 0^0 to be sure what result is correct for that expression when discovered that Gnome and KDE calculators returned different results (KDE's returned 0 while Gnome's returned 1). I filled a bugreport against KDE and now this is fixed. This would be impossible without Rambler working at the time. – Anixx Apr 18 at 21:54
@KellyF Yes I want to search for the exact phrase "/livereload", WITH the slash. I have queries like this all the time that I simply can't do with Google. – Gerry May 18 at 12:59

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This search engine was made to solve exactly the kind of problem you're having:
Full disclosure: I am the developer of SymbolHound and just launched it a couple weeks ago.
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(I constructed the above search with the mathematica exclusion using the "advanced search" button on symbolhound.)

97 results found for ALL OF: C variable initialization {0, } | NONE OF: mathematica
depending on what the constructors for the variable type are and whether the compiler is following the C++98 standrad or theC++03 standard (this is probably
// caveat that the default constructor is used instead of a temporary // then copy construction. // C does not have constructors, ofcourse, and I would like to pull out the geometry from the rendering process to keep the code modular but I can't seem to get it to work. I've created a class