Design Automation Conference

The Design Automation Conference, or DAC, is an annual event, a combination of a technical conference and a trade show, both specializing in electronic design automation (EDA).

DAC, Design Automation Conference
StatusActive
FrequencyAnnual
Years active57
FoundedMay 6, 1964; 57 years ago (1964-05-06) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
FounderPasquale (Pat) Pistilli
Next eventDAC2020 website
Participants6000
AreaElectronic design automation
SponsorsACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation and IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation
WebsiteDesign Automation Conference

DAC is the oldest and largest conference in EDA, started in 1964. It grew out of the SHARE ("Society to Help Avoid Redundant Effort") design automation workshop. Its originators Marie Pistilli and Pasquale (Pat) Pistilli were honored by the EDA community. Pat received the highest honor in EDA industry, the Phil Kaufman Award, for this effort[1] and Marie was honored by having an award established in her name, Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award,[2] known as the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award since 2016.[3]

Up until the mid-'70s, DAC had sessions on all types of design automation, including mechanical and architectural. After that, for all intents and purposes, only topics concerned with electronic design have been included. Also until the mid-'70s, DAC was strictly a technical conference. Then a few companies started to request space to show their products, and within a few years the trade show portion of DAC became the main focus of the event. The first commercial DAC was held in June 1984. As a rough metric of the importance of the trade show portion, about 6,300 people attended DAC in 2018, whereas ICCAD, at least as strong technically but with no trade show, drew perhaps a tenth as many attendees.

Other similar conferences are the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, or ICCAD (technical only, no trade show), Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC), and International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED).

Over the past few years the conference location has been alternating among San Diego, Austin and San Francisco. The conference is usually held in June.

DAC is sponsored by two professional societies: ACM-SIGDA (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Design Automation) and IEEE-CEDA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation), in technical cooperation with IEEE-SSCS (IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society).[4] DAC is organized by hundreds of volunteer committee members from EDA companies and academia.[5]

Recent historyEdit

The table below shows the edition, year, location and the general chair of recent DAC events. [6][7]

Edition Year Location Conference Center General Chair
26th 1989 Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center Don Thomas
27th 1990 Orlando, Florida Orange County Convention Center Richard Smith
28th 1991 San Francisco, California Moscone Center A. Richard Newton
29th 1992 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center Daniel Schweikert
30th 1993 Dallas, Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Alfred Dunlop
31st 1994 San Diego, California San Diego Convention Center Michael Lorenzetti
32nd 1995 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Bryan Preas
33rd 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center Thomas Pennino
34th 1997 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center Ellen Yoffa
35th 1998 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Basant Chawla
36th 1999 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Morial Convention Center Mary Jane Irwin
37th 2000 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Convention Center Giovanni De Micheli
38th 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center Jan M. Rabaey
39th 2002 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Morial Convention Center Bryan Ackland
40th 2003 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center Ian Getreu
41st 2004 San Diego, California San Diego Convention Center Sharad Malik
42nd 2005 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center William H. Joyner Jr.
43rd 2006 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Ellen Sentovich
44th 2007 San Diego, California San Diego Convention Center Steven Levitan
45th 2008 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center Limor Fix
46th 2009 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Andrew Kahng
47th 2010 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center Sachin Sapatnekar
48th 2011 San Diego, California San Diego Convention Center Leon Stok
49th 2012 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Patrick Groeneveld
50th 2013 Austin, Texas Austin Convention Center Yervant Zorian
51st 2014 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Soha Hassoun
52nd 2015 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Anne Cirkel
53rd 2016 Austin, Texas Austin Convention Center Chuck Alpert
54th 2017 Austin, Texas Austin Convention Center Mac McNamara
55th 2018 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Sharon Hu
56th 2019 Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center Rob Aitken
57th 2020 Virtual due to COVID-19 - Zhuo Li
58th 2021 San Francisco, California Moscone Center Harry Foster

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Looking back at the milestones as DAC-50 approaches", Mike Demler, March 19, 2013 (retrieved April 4, 2013)
  2. ^ "Women in Electronic Design | Design Automation Conference". dac.com.
  3. ^ "2016 Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award Nominations" (retrieved February 29, 2016)
  4. ^ "DAC Sponsors | Design Automation Conference". www.dac.com.
  5. ^ https://www.dac.com/committees/executive Archived 2019-04-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Event audit" (PDF). iebms.heiexpo.com. 2018. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  7. ^ "Archive | Design Automation Conference". www.dac.com.

External linksEdit