2020 International Conference On Computer Aided Design

The Premier Conference Devoted to Technical Innovations in Electronic Design Automation

November 2-5, 2020VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

MP Associates, Inc.
TUESDAY November 03, 9:30am - 10:00am | Slot 4
EVENT TYPE: SPECIAL SESSION
SESSION 8D
Taking Open-Source EDA to the Next Level: From Research to Production IC Design
Moderator:
Andrew B. Kahng - Univ. of California, San Diego
Organizers:
Andrew Kahng - Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Tom Spyrou - Univ. of California, San Diego & Precision Innovations, Inc., La Jolla, CA
Two years have passed since the launch of the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) brought renewed attention to open-source EDA and hardware development. During this past summer (2020), many ERI-supported open-source projects have made their v1.0 releases. This session examines the next stage of the “life cycle” for open-source EDA in the digital RTL-to-GDS space: moving from the research context to production IC design. Diverse speakers and perspectives collectively highlight how “it takes a village” for open-source EDA to make real-world impact. The session presents four distinct perspectives. (1) The first talk presents the experience of a commercial design service provider in building a production SOC tapeout methodology and flow based on open-source EDA. (2) The second talk presents the experience of “internal design advisors” who have functioned as the bridge between research tool code development and usability for production IC design. (3) The third talk examines essential aspects of, and the outlook for, open design and research enablement (PDKs, libraries, IPs, incentivization) that goes beyond open-source EDA itself. (4) The fourth talk presents the experience (engagement framework, logistics, incentives, academic rewards) and perspective of students who have contributed to an open-source EDA tool and flow development project from non-U.S. locations. [Note to committee: All invited speakers/organizations have confirmed their participation. All have expressed interest and intent to deliver high-quality invited papers (on schedule) to accompany their invited talks. The organizers have experience with invited session organization and will work with the speakers and their coauthors to help ensure timely, high-quality delivery.

8D.1Building OpenLANE: A 130nm OpenROAD-based Tapeout-Proven Flow
 Speaker: Mohamed Shalan - eFabless.com & American Univ. of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
 Authors: Mohamed Kassem - eFabless.com, Las Vegas, NV
Tim Edwards - eFabless.com, Poolesville, MD
Mohamed Shalan - eFabless.com & American Univ. of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
8D.2Bridging Academic Open-Source EDA to Real-World Usability
 Speaker: Mehdi Saligane - Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
 Authors: Austin Rovinski - Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Tutu Ajayi - Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Minsoo Kim - Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Guanru Wang - Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Mehdi Saligane - Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
8D.3The Missing Pieces of Open Design Enablement: A Recent History of Google Efforts
 Speaker: Tim Ansell - Google, CA
 Authors: Tim Ansell - Google, CA
Mehdi Saligane - Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
8D.4Contributions to OpenROAD from Abroad: Experiences and Learnings
 Speaker: Mateus Fogaca - UFRGS, Brazil
 Authors: Mateus Fogaca - UFRGS, Brazil
Eder Monteiro - UFRGS, Brazil
Marcelo Danigno - FURG, Brazil
Isadora Oliveira - UFRGS, Brazil
Paulo Butzen - UFRGS & Federal Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Ricardo Reis - UFRGS, Brazil