International Symposium on System-on-Chip 2011

International Symposium on System-on-Chip 2011

Jari Nurmi (Department of Computer Systems, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/jertcs.2012100105

Abstract

International Symposium on System-on-Chip 2011 was the 13th SoC event in Tampere, Finland. This paper discusses briefly the history of the event which is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. The main focus is in an overview of the year 2011 contents, and in particular in its tutorial and invited talks.
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Introduction

The history of the International Symposium on System-on-Chip dates back to 1999 when the first SoC event was organized in Tampere, Finland. It contained from the beginning almost all the elements that are characteristic to it nowadays. The event is based on a balanced mixture of

  • World-class invited presentations;

  • Exhibition of state-of-the-art commercial technology;

  • Contributed paper track (since 2003);

  • Industrial paper track;

  • Panel discussion;

  • Full-day tutorial (since 2001).

The first few events were built around a lot of invited talks by distinguished academics, people from leading companies, and from interesting start-ups in the emerging field of System-on-Chip. The industrial presentations, exhibits and a panel on timely topics in the field also have been there from day one. In 2003, SoC was turned to a full-fledged conference with also papers contributed by scientist in the field. At the same time, technical co-sponsorship was acquired from the Circuits and Systems Society of IEEE. Since that, the peer-reviewed papers have also been published in the proceedings and in IEEE Xplore database.

The mission of SoC is to provide a forum that is fully and comprehensively dedicated to SoC issues. It was the first annual event worldwide to use exclusively “SoC” in its name. Traditionally, it is the place where the academy and industry keep meeting each others. This is reflected also in the participation and sponsorship by local industry, e.g., in 2011 Nokia and Renesas Mobile were the main financial sponsors. SoC is organized by Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Department of Computer Systems. The location is anchored to Tampere – The SoC City (SoC, http://soc.cs.tut.fi/). The rest of the paper will give an overview of SoC 2011.

Soc 2011

The International Symposium on System-on-Chip 2011 was bearing a special theme on System-Level Design Challenges. The event was organized by TUT, Department of Computer Systems from October 31 to November 2. The participants of the conference were representing about 15 different nationalities. The event was co-located with the Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing (DASIP) taking place on November 2-4, 2011, both took place in Tampere Hall, the largest conference center in Nordic countries (Figure 1).

Figure 1.

Tampere Hall

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