Advance Program

Fifth ACM/SIGDA Physical Design Workshop

April 15-17, 1996

The Sheraton Reston Hotel, Reston, Virginia USA

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.

Sunday, April 14

6:00pm-8:30pm: Registration
(the registration desk will also be open 8:00am-5:00pm on Monday and 8:00am-12:00pm on Tuesday)

7:00pm-8:30pm: Reception (refreshments provided)

Monday, April 15

8:30am-8:40am: Welcome

8:40am-10:00am: Session 1, Timing-Driven Interconnect Resynthesis

10:00am-10:20am: Break

10:20am-12:00pm: Session 2, Interconnect Optimization

12:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch
Workshop Keynote Address: Prof. C. L. Liu, U. of Illinois
Algorithmic Aspects of Physical Design of VLSI Circuits

2:00pm-2:45pm: Session 3, A Tutorial Overview of MEMS
Speaker: K. Gabriel (ARPA)

2:45pm-3:00pm: Break

3:00pm-4:15pm: Session 4, Physical Design for MEMS

4:15pm-4:30pm: Break

4:30pm-6:00pm: Session 5, Panel: Physical Design Needs for MEMS
Moderator: K. Pister (UC Los Angeles)
Panelists include:

6:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner

8:00pm-9:30pm: Session 6, Panel: Deep-Submicron Physical Design: Future Needs and Directions
Panelists include:

Tuesday, April 16

8:30am-9:50am: Session 7, Partitioning 9:50am-10:10am: Break

10:10am-11:50am: Session 8, Topics in Hierarchical Design

11:50pm-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm-3:00pm: Session 9, Poster Session

3:00pm-4:00pm: Session 10, Manufacturing/Yield Issues I

4:00pm-4:15pm: Break

4:15pm-5:45pm: Session 11, Panel: Manufacturing/Yield Issues II
Panelists include:

5:45pm-7:30pm: Dinner

7:30pm-9:30pm: Session 12, Panel: Design Views, Data Modeling and Flows: Critical Disconnects
A talk by C. Sechen (U. Washington)

Panelists include:

Wednesday, April 17

8:30am-9:50am: Session 13, Performance-Driven Design

9:50am-10:10am: Break

10:10am-11:30am: Session 14, Topics in Layout

11:30am-12:00pm: Session 15, Open Problems
Moderators: A. B. Kahng (UC Los Angeles), B. Preas (Xerox PARC)

12:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch (and benchmark competition results)

2:00pm: Workshop adjourns

Travel and Accommodations

PDW '96 is being held at the Sheraton Reston in Reston, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. The hotel is minutes from Dulles International Airport (IAD), and 24-hour courtesy shuttles are available from the airport to the hotel. The area is also served by Washington National Airport (DCA), about 20 miles away, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), about 50 miles away.

The Sheraton Reston is located at:

11810 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, Virginia 22091
phone: 703-620-9000
fax: 703-860-1594
reservations: 800-392-ROOM

Please make your room reservation directly with the Reston Sheraton hotel.

Driving directions from Dulles Airport: take the Washington Dulles Access and Toll Road (route 267) to the Reston Parkway Exit (3). Turn right at the light after paying toll. Take the next left onto Sunrise Valley Drive, and continue for a couple blocks to the Sheraton (on your left).

A block of rooms is being held for the nights of Sunday through Wednesday (April 14 through April 17). Room rates are $95 per night for single occupancy, and $105 per night for double occupancy. The number of rooms available at these rates is limited, and they are only being held through March 24 (so early registration is highly recommended).

The Washington D.C. weather tends to be chilly in April, so warm dress is suggested for the outdoors.

Sightseeing and Attractions

The Nation's Capitol offers much in the way of sightseeing. The most popular destinations are located in downtown Washington D.C., surrounding several square miles of park area known as the "National Mall." There is no charge to visit the National Memorials located on the Mall, which include the Washington Monument, where you may ascend 555 feet to an observation post; the Lincoln Memorial, whose design adorns the back of the US penny; the Jefferson Memorial, which includes a 19-foot bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson; and the Vietnam Memorial, a long wall of black Indian granite dedicated in 1982.

The Smithsonian Institution (telephone (202) 357-2700) operates a number of superb museums that flank the National Mall, including:

Other attractions and tours around the D.C. area include (please call the numbers below for schedules):

There are a number of reasonably priced eating places on the Mall; the East Wing of National Gallery and the Air and Space Museums offer good food and a place to sit down after sightseeing. Provisions will be made for low-cost transportation to and from the Mall and downtown Washington D.C., so bring your camera and strolling shoes and enjoy our Nation's Capital!

Workshop Organization

General Chair:

Gabriel Robins (University of Virginia)

Steering Committee:

M. Lorenzetti (Mentor Graphics)
B. Preas (Xerox PARC)

Technical Program Committee:

C. K. Cheng (UC San Diego)
J. P. Cohoon (University of Virginia)
J. Cong (UCLA)
A. Domic (Cadence)
J. Frankle (Xilinx)
E. Friedman (University of Rochester)
D. Hill (Synopsys)
L. Jones (Motorola)
A. B. Kahng (UCLA, Chair)
Y.-L. Lin (Tsing Hua)
K. Pister (UCLA)
M. Marek-Sadowska (UC Santa Barbara)
C. Sechen (University of Washington)
R.-S. Tsay (Arcsys)
G. Zimmermann (University of Kaiserslautern)

Keynote Address:

C. L. Liu (University of Illinois)

Benchmarks Co-Chairs:

F. Brglez (North Carolina State University)
W. Swartz (TimberWolf Systems)

Local Arrangements Chair:

M. J. Alexander (University of Virginia)


S. B. Souvannavong (HIMA)

Publicity Chair:

J. L. Ganley (Cadence)

Sponsored by:

National Science Foundation
Avant! Corp.

Workshop Registration

Fifth ACM/SIGDA Physical Design Workshop

April 15-17, 1996 - The Sheraton Reston Hotel, Reston, Virginia USA

Name: _______________________________________________________________

Company/University: _________________________________________________

Title: ______________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

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                Registration Fees (Includes All Meals)

              Advance (Through April 1)  Late (After April 1/On-Site)
ACM Members         __ $355                      __ $440
Non-ACM             __ $455                      __ $540
Students            __ $250                      __ $250

         ACM Membership Number: _____________________________

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         Special needs: _____________________________________

The registration fee includes the workshop proceedings and all meals (i.e., 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners), refreshments during breaks, and a reception on Sunday evening. The total number of attendees is limited (registrations will be returned if the workshop is oversubscribed).

Note: Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Sheraton (see above).

The only acceptable forms of payment are checks (personal, company, and certified/bank checks) in US funds drawn on a US bank and made payable to "Physical Design Workshop 1996" (credit cards will not be accepted). Payment must accompany your registration. No FAX or Email registrations will be processed.

Please mail your payment (checks only) along with the registration form to:

Sally Souvannavong, Treasurer
1996 ACM/SIGDA Physical Design Workshop
Department of Computer Science
Thornton Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2442 USA

Phone: (804) 982-2200

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received by March 31, 1996.

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