A series of workshops on "Extreme Scale Design Automation" has resulted in a report that identifies EDA research and funding priorities through 2025 and beyond. The report cites today's challenges and shortcomings, but it also envisions EDA as a broader discipline that can extend its methods into new markets.
The report follows three workshops sponsored by ACM SIGDA (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group for Design Automation) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a research consortium that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). While the organizers and many of the attendees were from academia, there were also some participants from industry. I attended the last of the three workshops, in February 2014
The report is titled "Workshops on Extreme Scale Design Automation (ESDA): Challenges and Opportunities for 2025 and Beyond." It will be available this fall. While not exclusively aimed at any one agency, the authors hope that the report will carry some weight with the NSF and other potential sources of EDA research funding.
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