ECE Research Partnership Lecture Series 2011-12

Methodologies for Pre-Silicon Performance Analysis

Ken Schultz, Director of Platform Development, Research in Motion

Mobile device users expect their phones or tablets to provide them with best-in-class communication and consumer electronic functionality in hot form factors with cool power profiles. To meet these demanding requirements in a fast-moving market, mobile device manufacturers like Research in Motion (RIM) need to start wringing every drop of performance out of our hardware before the chips we use are even built by our silicon suppliers. We describe a suite of approaches to pre-silicon performance analysis, used to influence silicon architecture. Hardware models are typically available early in the chipset development cycle, but software may not be developed until after the ASIC is designed, so we need to find alternative sources of simulation stimulus. The talk will present three approaches that overcome this dependency and enable the validation of application processor performance at the architecture stage of silicon design: high-level software models, trace-driven characterization, and statistical traffic models.

Advanced Technology Research at Huawei

Dr. Wen Tong, CTO of Huawei Wireless, North America and Vice President of Huawei Canada R&D Center

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider.  Huawei’s comprehensive offerings include telecom networks, devices, and cloud computing.  Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. In this seminar, I will provide an overview of Huawei’s global perspective and new business initiatives. I will also talk about Huawei Canada’s local growth success and engagement experience.  More specifically, I discuss Huawei Canada Ottawa R&D centre’s interests/priorities in advanced technology research.


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