[hpc-announce] Fwd: 2nd Call for Contributions: Workshop on "Open Source Design Automation for FPGAs" (OSDA) at DATE19

Eddie Hung eddieh at ece.ubc.ca
Sun Dec 2 22:17:30 CST 2018


** 2 N D  C A L L   F O R   C O N T R I B U T I O N S **

Workshop on *Open Source Design Automation for FPGAs* (OSDA 2019)

in conjunction with the Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference
Friday, March 29, 2019, Florence, Italy

Submission Deadline: *December 17, 2018*
*NEW* Submission Link: https://www.softconf.com/date19/OSDA19

*NEW* Advance Programme: https://osda.gitlab.io/#programme


FPGAs are increasingly finding themselves in huge data-centers as well as
in the hands of hobbyists. However the wide availability of these high and
low cost devices contrasts with the narrow ways in which one can access
them -- through proprietary closed-source tools and IP -- which can hamper
the realisation and deployment of novel FPGA-based applications and EDA
innovations. Open-source is a proven and prevalent success when it comes to
CPU and GPU silicon, and there are already efforts to drive reconfigurable
silicon towards the same trend.

This one-day workshop aims to bring together industrial, academic, and
hobbyist actors to explore, disseminate, and network over ongoing efforts
for open design automation, with a view to enabling unfettered research and
development, improving EDA quality, and lowering the barriers and risks to
entry for industry. These aims are particularly poignant due to the recent
efforts across the European Union (and beyond) that mandate "open access"
for publicly funded research to both published manuscripts as well as any
code necessary for reproducing its conclusions.

Topics of interest at OSDA include, but are not limited to:

o Open-source FPGA tools -- the latest developments, breakthroughs,
challenges and surveys on the toolflows required to target real silicon
parts: synthesis, simulation, place and route, etc.

o Open-source IP for FPGAs -- contributions that enrich the IP ecosystem
and reduce the need to “re-invent the wheel”, e.g. PCIe and DDR
controllers, debug infrastructure, etc.

o Design methodologies provided as open-source -- such as alternative
hardware description languages (e.g. derived from Python, Scala), domain
specific languages (DSL), high level synthesis (HLS), asynchronous methods,
and others.

o Directions on where the open-source FPGA movement should go, current
weaknesses in the toolchain, and/or perspectives from industry on how
open-source can affect aspects of safety, security, verification, IP
protection, time-to-market, datacenter/cloud infrastructure, etc.

o Discussions and case studies on how to license, acquire funding, and
commercialise technologies surrounding open-source hardware, which may be
different to open software.

Important dates

Submission deadline:         December 17, 2018
Notification of acceptance:  January 14, 2019
Camera-ready final version:  Feb 11, 2019
Workshop:                    March 29, 2019

Submission details and requirements

Prospective authors are invited to submit original contributions (up to six
pages), extended abstracts describing work-in-progress or position papers
(not exceeding two pages), and demo proposals that would be of general
Papers must be submitted as an A4-sized PDF, in the IEEE conference format (

In line with OSDA’s mission, we encourage and will favour submissions that
make all artifacts used for experimentation (benchmarks, code, etc.)
available for private peer-review. Accepted submissions are required to
publish these artifacts under an OSI-approved [1] (preferably permissive)

The proceedings of this workshop containing all accepted papers will be
published on the open-access arXiv repository. Every accepted paper must
have at least one author registered to the workshop by January 31.
Selected papers may also be considered for a special-issue journal; student
authors may be eligible for travel assistance from our sponsors.
Full details about the submission process are available on the workshop web
page (http://osda.gitlab.io).

*Organising Team*
- Eddie Hung, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Christian Krieg, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
- Clifford Wolf, Symbiotic EDA, Austria

*Programme Committee*
- Andrea Borga, oliscience, Netherlands
- Shane Fleming, Imperial College London, UK
- Hipolito Guzman-Miranda, University of Sevilla, Spain
- Steve Hoover, Redwood EDA, USA
- Dirk Koch, University of Manchester, UK
- Mieszko Lis, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Brent Nelson, Brigham Young University, USA
- Steffen Reith, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany
- Davide Rossi, University of Bologna, Italy

[1] https://opensource.org/licenses
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