DAC.com Knowledge Center FAQs
compiled by ABK, March 2010
(Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Is there still going to be a DACeZine?
- No. The DACeZine has been discontinued with this 2010 DAC conference
year; it is being replaced by the DAC.com Knowledge Center. The current
plan is for articles in the Knowledge Center to be highlighted in
targeted emails to the DAC mailing list, which includes the 20,000+
former subscribers to the DACeZine.
Can my DAC.com article be published elsewhere?
- Certainly. Remember - you (or your company/institution) hold
the copyright. The permission form that an author must complete
enables content to be posted on DAC.com, but does not otherwise
transfer any rights.
- Example: If you work for a company and write a whitepaper for
the Knowledge Center, the whitepaper can certainly appear on
your company's website. DAC.com respectfully requests its
authors to give a couple of days' lead time during which the
new article can be found only at DAC.com .
- Example: If you are an academic and write a survey article or a
technical deep-dive, its appearance in the DAC.com Knowledge
Center does not entail archival publication or assignment of
any copyright. Thus, its content should be usable in conference
and journal submissions.
I have a previously-published company whitepaper. What do I need to
do to publish it in the Knowledge Center?
- This question refers to the Knowledge Center's policy of not
simply re-posting content. Thus, previously published
whitepapers must be "updated or extended" before they are
posted to DAC.com . The benefit of this is that the material
becomes fresh again, with more value to the reader.
- First, there are a couple of "housekeeping" requirements.
- "Age". We want to make sure that the whitepaper isn't too
"stale". If it first appeared more than two years ago, it has
likely reached its readership already, and the benefit of
posting on DAC.com is small. If originally posted between one
and two years ago - let's discuss. Less than a year old -
definitely appropriate for the Knowledge Center.
- "Marketing". We want to make sure that the whitepaper keeps
a technical focus. Claims should be supported by technical
discussion and data. Discussion should be balanced (e.g., why
Technique A is better than Technique B should not be left as
a matter of "religion"). It's better to speak of a generic
type of tool or capability - then, at the end, mention that
[My Company's Tool, XYZ] does the job very well.
- Second, here are some ways in which a whitepaper can typically
- What were the reactions to the original version of the
whitepaper? If the organization or motivation or
terminology was confusing to readers, improve this in the
- Update the data and discussion (e.g., newer or larger
testcases, how the challenges evolve at 40nm and below,
new functionality or qualification (of a relevant
tool) since the original publication, etc.).
- Add some different types of data (e.g., scaling of
memory and runtime with problem size, scaling in a
multicore compute environment, etc.).
- Add more detail of use model (e.g., a flow diagram,
interoperabilities, etc.); this can also help make
the article more accessible to a wider readership.
- Along similar lines, make sure that the practical impact
of the challenge (or the solution) is clear: it costs
(or saves) 10 days in the tapeout schedule, etc.
- Add more technical detail (e.g., discuss one or two
subtleties / non-obvious aspects of the challenge or
- Add a "sidebar" from a customer that speaks to experience
addressing the given challenge using the given approach
- Turn the whitepaper into a jointly authored piece, with
a partner or a customer.
- The above are just some possibilities. There are many
other possibilities as well - discuss with Andrew!
My presentation was accepted to appear in the 2010 User Track. What do
I need to do to also publish an extended version at DAC.com?
First of all, congratulations on your User Track acceptance - and it's great
that you're interested in doing this. You've put a lot of work into your
User Track paper, and this typically means that you can make a strong
Knowledge Center article without much extra effort.
Second, here are some suggestions that have been made for previous cases.
- Add a bit to the introduction and motivation so that you can engage
a wider readership. Why is X increasingly critical, why is X so
difficult to get right, etc. -- i.e., the particular challenges of
today and tomorrow for which your article sheds light on solutions.
- Figures are always great for visual interest -- and, "a picture is
worth a thousand words". Please keep as many of your figures as
possible, and consider adding some more. Please also make sure
that your figures are clearly explained in the text (!).
- The flexible format of DAC.com allows you to add details - snippets
from reports or logfiles, deep-dives into a couple of examples or
a case study, etc. Depth can add a lot of value to your article.
Consider discussing a different testcase or some alternate view
of your result (screenshots, different metrics, etc.).
- Of course, you should not completely reveal all your UT content and
presentation materials. Ideally, you'll keep some difference in
reserve (i.e., between your DAC.com article and your presentation to
be given in Anaheim this coming June). In your article, you can
point out what your readers can look forward to learning about when
they attend your presentation in Anaheim.
Third, with regard to process:
- Please send your current User Track material to Andrew, and mention
your plan for turning it into a DAC.com article, along with a
- Make sure that you put your article into the required MSWord template,
which can be downloaded
- Make sure that you have completed and sent in the
that allows DAC.com to post your article.
- Send Andrew your first draft as soon as possible, to get the ball
rolling! It usually takes just 1-2 short iterations to
finalize and get your article up in the Knowledge Center.
What is the timeline for submitting an article that I want to see on
DAC.com before the DAC conference timeframe?
- To my (= editor's) knowledge, the Publicity Chair plans to send
out email blasts highlighting "batches" of additions to the Knowledge
Center, and these batches will go live with each email blast.
With the caveat that the exact timeline has dependencies on the rest of the
DAC.com website development, my understanding is that the initial batch of
~13-14 articles will be highlighted in an email blast around March 25, and
subsequent batches will be highlighted in email blasts roughly every two
weeks after that - e.g., April 6, April 20, etc.
What is a "virtual interview"?
- In a "virtual interview", you (typically an executive or business /
technology luminary) and the editor work together to present your
unique perspectives, insights and opinions via a "Q and A" format.
Since each "A" can be anywhere from a couple of sentences to a couple
of paragraphs, and since the "Q" topics don't have to be connected
to each other, it is easy to come up with bite-sized chunks that
aren't required to flow seamlessly.
- Here are some example "virtual interview" question topics targeted toward
leaders of R&D consortia or funding agencies.
- Please say something about your background.
- How long have you been in your current role at [consortium,
company, research center]? (What are some significant changes
during that time?)
- What research areas today are particularly exciting? (E.g.,
examples of funded research.)
- What do you see when you look into your crystal ball?
(E.g., hot areas and trends in research funding.)
- Have you encountered any challenges with respect to working across
geographical or national boundaries?
- What are the key issues and challenges in closing the gap between
academic research and industrial practice?
- How do you keep a consortium together in a tough economy?
- What was "wild and crazy" N years ago but is mainstream today?
What is "wild and crazy" today and might be mainstream in the
- What areas and grand challenges in electronics and electronic
systems design are important (for mankind) to solve quickly?
- If you were going to school again today, what would you study?
What do engineering students need to learn that they aren't
- For [your region], what are key strategic (economic,
governmental, etc.) challenges that semiconductor and electronics
industries must solve in the next 5-10 years?
- In what ways will high-value (consumer, telecommunications,
data processing) electronic systems and system design automation
capabilities be most different in the year 2020 from where they
- What disruptive semiconductor technologies do you see on the
horizon for initial production during the next 10+ years?
- Here are some additional questions that could be targeted toward
EDA industry leaders.
- The analog and custom portion of chips is growing.
What is missing to help speed up the analog design process
as we have seen for digital design?
- Where is consolidation in EDA likely to happen next --
- With company budgets being cut, the resources that any one
company can commit to standards organizations is shrinking.
What can we do to make standards organizations more productive
and to make standards move through the
pipeline despite limited resources? Which standards
organizations are most vital in the next year?
- At what point -- revenues, length of time in business,
number of customers, etc. -- does perceived risk of a company
not remaining viable go away? I.e., if a design team is
reluctant to invest in a given technology for fear of lack
of future support, upgrades, company being acquired, and so
on -- when do they begin to feel confident in using tools from
Does DAC.com offer any technical writing resources to help me develop
- The editor reviews all material in detail, and typically helps with
rewriting, suggested reorganization or rebalancing, etc. as "track
changes" to your original draft(s).
- For additional support, you can contact the DAC Publicity Committee