DATE 2008 Features Panel on Concurrency in a Multiprocessor World

Market Analyst Gary Smith of Gary Smith EDA will moderate a panel discussion titled, “Concurrency in a Multiprocessor World,” during Design Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) at ICM in Munich, Germany. The panel will be held Wednesday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Theatre. Simon Davidmann, chief executive officer and founder of Imperas Ltd., will discuss the recently announced Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) that establishes a common, open standard solution for developers to quickly and inexpensively simulate embedded software on system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

Other panelists, representing the designer community and tool suppliers, are:

  • Rudy Lauwereins, vice president of Design Technology at IMEC
  • Grant Martin, chief scientist at Tensilica
  • Maurizio Paganini from the MMC Group, Core Development & Integration at ST Microelectronics
  • Carl Engblom, director of Common Technologies, GF Technology at Ericsson

Panelists will attempt to define multiprocessing, multicore and MPSoC, while identifying the trends that caused the increased number of processors in consumer devices, disrupting the existing sequential software flow.

About Imperas
Imperas is focused on delivering technology in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) space. By blending hardware and software technologies and design processes together, Imperas provides methodologies, technologies and products to enable the efficient programming, debug, and verification of Multiprocessor Systems-on-Chip (MPSoCs). With an engineering base in the UK, Imperas distributes its products to customers worldwide.

About OVP
Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) was initiated with the donation by Imperas of approximately $4 million of simulation infrastructure that enables chip designers and software developers to model platforms, systems on chips (SoCs), and multiprocessor SoCs (MPSoCs). The OVP technology is available for free from and has the support of electronic design automation (EDA) companies, end users and intellectual property (IP) providers.