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Seminar on The Overview of 2011 and 2012 Power Grid Simulation Contests

February 24, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Room 1037 (Emerging Technology Building- ETB)

Zhuo Li, Research Staff Member/IBM Austin Research Laboratory


The power grid is a critical component of today’s digital VLSI designs. Verification of these large-scale on-chip power delivery networks is essential to ensuring the final design’s correct functionality. To spur academic research in this vital verification step, the IBM Austin Research Lab, with support from the ACM TAU Workshop, has successfully organized the first and second TAU Power Grid Simulation Contests, with more than fifteen university teams across the world participating.  This talk presents an overview of the 2011 and 2012 contests and discusses the potential topics for next year contest.

If time permits, this talk will also briefly discuss other research projects in the ARL Design Productivity group in physical synthesis.

Bio:  Zhuo Li received the B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’ian, China, in 1998 and 2001, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2005. Dr. Li is currently a Research Staff Member in IBM Austin Research Laboratory. He received several IBM technical/invention awards including two IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, and filed 29 patents with 8 issued. He has published over 50 conference and journal papers, and has received the ASPDAC Best Paper Award in 2007, the IEEE Circuits and System Society Outstanding Young Author Award in 2007, and the Technical Leadership Award from ACM SIGDA in 2011 for organizing power grid simulation contest. He has been serving as committee members for various conferences in EDA area, such as DAC, ICCAD and DATE. He was the Guest Editor of VLSI Design Journal Special Issue “CAD for Gigascale SoC Design and Verification Solutions”. He is currently the secretary of IEEE Central Texas Section and Chair of IEEE CAS/SSC Joint Society Chapter of the Central Texas Section. Recently, the chapter won IEEE Circuits and Systems Society 2011 Regions 1-7 Chapter of the Year Award and IEEE Solid State Circuits Society 2011 Outstanding Chapter Award. He is an IEEE Senior Member.


February 24, 2012
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm