The ACM/SIGDA Physical Design Workshop (PDW'96) provides a relaxed atmosphere for exchange of ideas and promotes research in critical subareas of physical design for VLSI systems.
This year's workshop emphasizes deep-submicron and high-performance issues, and also provides a special focus on opportunities in CAD for micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). There are four outstanding panel sessions: (1) future needs and directions for deep-submicron physical design, (2) physical design needs for MEMS, (3) manufacturing and yield issues in physical design, and (4) critical disconnects in design views, data modeling, and back-end flows (e.g., for physical verification). There are also many outstanding technical paper sessions. Free-flowing discussion will be promoted through the limited workshop attendance, the poster session and the ``open commentary'' mechanism in each technical session, as well as a concluding open problems session. During the workshop, a benchmarks competition will occur in the areas of netlist partitioning and performance-driven cell placement.
While the workshop proceedings will be unpublished and available only to attendees, authors of outstanding workshop papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their work to the new ACM SIGDA journal, ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems.
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