MEMOCODE 2007 HW/SW Co-design Contest
New to the 2007 MEMOCODE conference was the HW/SW Co-Design Contest. Members of the technical and steering committees from MEMOCODE 2006 thought that the co-design practice is distinct from conventional hardware or software design practice. A co-design contest was conceived to help elucidate these issues and to foster greater interest in the design aspects of the MEMOCODE conference. The contest would also serve to showcase advances in co-design tools and methodologies.
contest was organized by Forrest Brewer,
UC Santa Barbara and James C. Hoe,
2. Contest Results
The contest ran openly between Feb
15th to March 19th.
Nine teams of US and European university students started the
contest. However, ultimately, only two
teams, from MIT and Virginia Tech respectively, successfully submitted a final
design. Although this first running of the contest did not have the number of
entrants and finishers as the organizers had hoped, the two finished entries
are of very high quality and offer real technical contributions to share with
the MEMOCODE conference audience. Both
the MIT and Virginia teams were invited to present at the MEMOCODE conference
The MIT team was voted as the winner of the 2007 design contest by the attendees at MEMOCODE 2007 and was presented with a 400 Euro honorarium during the conference banquet. (In addition to the cash prize, the organizing committee also provided travel grants to offset partially the travel cost of student team members.)
We welcome your comments about the contest. We are developing the details of the 2008 contest. Please stay tuned.
We would like to acknowledge Nokia and Bluespec for sponsoring this contest. We would like to thank Roland Wunderlich for providing the reference software implementation of the matrix-matrix multiplication.