On June 19, 2020, The ACM ISPD (International Symposium on Physical Design) announced the final results of the three-month competition. A team consisting of Shenzhen Giga Design Automation Co., Ltd. and Xidian University won second place.
ISPD is the world’s leading academic conference on the physical design of integrated circuits, which is hosted by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). The ISPD competition has been held annually ever since 2005 and is the 16th one this year. The competition topics are published every year by leading companies such as IBM, Intel, Xilinx, Cadence, and others, as well as providing test cases and test systems. The topic of this year's competition was announced by Cerebras Systems, an AI chip company from American. Due to COVID-19, the competition award was changed to online on June 19, 2020.
The topic is the placement of deep learning accelerators on silicon wafers. The topic is based on silicon wafers deep learning accelerators released last year by Cerebras Systems, which has a chip area of 46,225 square millimeters and 1.2 trillion transistors, the largest chip ever, 56 times the size of the largest GPU. The entire artificial neural network needs to be mapped to the chip. Different from traditional floor planning, the size, and area of each module can vary widely, ultimately determining the accelerator's overall throughput rate.
More than 20 research teams from the United States, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland participated in the ISPD competition. Dr. Chen Geng-jie of Shenzhen Giga Design Automation Co., Ltd. and his team of four interns from Xidian University, lived up to expectations, distinguished themselves among many competitors, and won second place.
The award fully proves the technical strength and talent of Giga in the field of EDA P&R in China. In the future, Giga will continue to collaborate with universities to cultivate local EDA talents, combine production, study, and research, and contribute to the Chinese EDA industry.