TAU 2012 Power Grid Simulation Contest Announcement

The TAU 2012 Power Grid Simulation Contest was successfully held at TAU workshop. The contest details can be found here and the final presentation is here. We congratulate the winning teams for the TAU 2012 Power Grid Simulation Contest.

You can find the 2011 Power Grid Simulation Contest here. The winning teams for 2011 contest are

What’s New

Good News! The final program has been posted. Please click PROGRAMS on the left for details.

The year of 2012 marks the 19th ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Timing Issues in the Specification and Synthesis of Digital Systems (TAU'12 Workshop). For the first time, TAU will be held outside of the US, i.e., it will be held in National Taiwan University, Taiwan. The dates are January 18-20, 2012.

TAU'12 will be featuring leaders from the industry and academia, who will present the challenges they are facing and the current activities in their organizations. Domain experts will lecture on topics that are of interest to the TAU community.

TAU'12 has already lined up a number of prominent leaders/visionaries from both the industry and academia to speak at this forum. A sample list includes:

The TAU 2012 Power Grid Simulation Contest was successfully held at TAU workshop. The contest details can be found here and the final presentation is here. We congratulate the winning teams for the TAU 2012 Power Grid Simulation Contest.

If you are interested in past year TAU events, you can find it from here. Presentation slides for TAU 2011 have been posted in the TAU 2011’ programs.



The TAU series of workshops provide an informal forum for practitioners and researchers working on temporal aspects of integrated circuits to disseminate early work and engage in a free discussion of ideas.

TAU 2012 workshop invites submissions from all areas related to the timing properties of both digital and analog electronic systems, including but not limited to:

  • Transistor level models
  • Analog circuit modeling
  • Timing interfaces with mixed signal circuits
  • Reliability modeling and simulation
  • Circuit-level simulation of digital circuits
  • Simulation and characterization of SRAM circuits
  • Digital cell characterization for many corner/statistical timing
  • Timing-driven system design, synthesis and physical design
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Full custom design analysis
  • Integrated functional-temporal analysis
  • Timing issues in low power design and testing
  • Power-delay trade-offs
  • Delay models and metrics
  • Layout impact on timing
  • Timing-driven layout optimization
  • Timing-driven synthesis and re-synthesis
  • Circuit optimization
  • Uncertainty-based analysis
  • Incorporation of manufacture impacts to timing
  • Reliability impact on performance
  • Process & environmental variation models
  • Statistical analysis technique
  • Clocking, synchronization, and skew
  • Clock domains, static/dynamic logic
  • Novel clocking and no-clock (Asynchronous) schemes
  • Timing implications of emerging technologies

    Submission deadline: Oct 1, 2011 Sunday 11:59 PM US EST, Oct 16, 2011

    Acceptance notification: Nov 1, 2011

    Camera-ready paper due: Nov 30, 2011


    All papers must be submitted electronically through EasyChair.org.

    Submissions are limited to 6 pages in the double column proceedings format. In order to allow for a blind review, the submitted pdf version of the papers should not contain the author name(s) or any direct reference(s) to paper(s) from the same author(s).

    TAU is a workshop aimed at fostering a high level of professional interaction, not a conference. Copies of papers will be provided to the attendees, but the proceedings will not be published by the ACM or the IEEE. Therefore, accepted papers can still be submitted to other conferences and journals. The intent of the workshop is to encourage the vigorous and unfettered discussion of the latest ideas in the field.


    General Chair: Charlie Chen, National Taiwan University, cchen@cc.ee.ntu.edu.tw

    Program Chair: Jinjun Xiong, IBM Research Center, jinjun@us.ibm.com

    Contest Chair: Zhuo Li, IBM Research Center, lizhuo@us.ibm.com

    TAU'12 Program Organization

    General chair:

  • Charlie Chung-Ping Chen, National Taiwan University
  • TPC chair:

  • Jinjun Xiong, IBM Research Center
  • Contest chair:

  • Zhuo Li, IBM Research Center
  • TPC members:

  • Chirayu Amin, Intel Corp.
  • Shih-Chieh Chang, National Tsing Hua University
  • Debasish Das, Magma Design Automation
  • Satyendra Datla, Texas Instruments
  • Igor Keller, Cadence Design Systems
  • Iris Hui-Ru Jiang, National Chiao Tung University
  • Xin Li, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jing-Jia Liou, National Tsing Hua University
  • Hidetoshi Onodera, Kyoto University
  • Dusan Petranovic, Mentor Graphics
  • Yiyu Shi, Missouri University of Science and Technoogy
  • Jun Tao, Fudan University
  • Wenjian Yu, Tsinghua University
  • Vladimir Zolotov, IBM Corp

    The submission deadline has past. All papers accepted have been notified to the contact author.

    Now the submission website is opened to accept camera-ready final version. Please follow this link to the TAU submission website to upload your final version by Nov 30, 2011.

    The final version must be in pdf format and in LETTER size with no more than 6 pages.

    Registration Information

     Early Registration
    (by December 15, 2011)
    On-site Regisration
    (after December 15, 2011)
    IEEE/ACM Members$350$400
    Non Members$400$450
    IEEE/ACM Student Members$75$100
    Refund PolicyRegistrations canceled before December 15, 2011 will be refunded in full, less a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after December 15, 2011.

    The on-line registration is handled by regonline.com.au. Please follow this like to proceed, or use the following URL: https://www.regonline.com/tau2012

    If you need to have a Taiwan Visa to travel to Taiwan, please start the Visa application process ASAP, as it may take longer than expected to get your Visa.

    If you need an Invitation Letter for your Visa application, please contact either Program Chair, Prof. Charlie Chung-Ping Chen, or TPC Chair, Dr. Jinjun Xiong, directly.

    For more information about traveling to Taiwan and Visa issues related to your country, please visit the Overseas Office, Republic of China (Taiwan).

    Technical Program Information


    Barry Lam Hall
    Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering
    National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 10617, R.O.C.

    January 17, 2012, Tuesday

    7:00-9:00 pm, Reception for Invited Speakers at LivingOne

    January 18, 2012, Wednesday

    8:20-8:30 am, Welcome (Prof. Charlie Chen, TAU General Chair)

    8:30-10:00 am, Invited Presentation

    Mastering Nanometer Era with TSMC Open Innovation Platform On the Future of Silicon besides Scaling CMOS towards 10 nm Challenges and Advances in Delay Calculation and SI Analysis in Advanced Process Nodes

    10:30-12:00 pm, Technical Paper Presentation: Statistical Timing Analysis

    Timing Analysis with Nonseparable Statistical and Deterministic Variations Acceleration Scheme for Monte Carlo based SSTA using Generalized STA Processing Element Reversible Statistical max/min Operation: Theory and Applications to Timing

    1:00-2:30 pm, Invited Presentation

    Timing Analysis and Physical Synthesis: Marriage Counseling in an Uneasy Relationship Facing Process Variation Challenges in IC Design Timing Closure in the Era of Dominant Process Variations

    2:45-4:15 pm, Technical Paper Presentation: Machine Learning, Information Theories, and Chaos expansion: How to Make Them Relevant?

    Online Dynamic Power Management for Multicore Processors Using Reinforcement Learning An Information-theoretic Framework for Optimal Temperature Sensor Allocation and Full-chip Thermal Monitoring A Dynamic Method for Efficient Random Mismatch Characterization of Standard Cells

    4:30-6:00 pm, Student Contest Paper Special Session

    PowerRush: A Linear Simulator for Power Grid On the Preconditioner of Conjugate Gradient Method: A Power Grid Simulation Perspective Experiences of Designing a STA Engine in the PATMOS STA Contest

    7:00-9:00 pm, Banquet

    January 19, 2012, Thursday

    8:30-10:00 am, Invited Presentation

    The Future of Timing: {Divide and Conquer}4 Electrical Performance Assessment and Model Extraction of IO Interconnects Double patterning: challenges and possible solutions in extraction and signoff methodology

    10:30-12:00 pm, Technical Paper Presentation: Novel Design Techniques

    InTimeFix: A Low-Cost and Scalable Technique for In-Situ Timing Error Masking in Logic Circuits Efficient Retention Register Assignment for Power Gated Designs Slew Rate Aware Lower Power and More Robust Clock Tree Construction

    1:30-3:30pm, Invited Presentation

    Limit of Lithography, Resolution, Depth of Focus, Overlay Accuracy, or Economy CAD beyond Timing: the Next Frontier Linking Resilience and Timing Analysis 3DIC Verification Challenges and Solutions in 2.5D and 3D Configurations

    4:00-5:00 pm, Technical Paper Presentation: 3D Design

    On the Futility of Thermal Through-Silicon-Vias NUMANA: A Hybrid Numerical and Analytical Thermal Simulator for 3-D ICs

    5:00-5:30 pm, Technical Paper Presentation: Contest Results

    TAU 2012 Power Grid Simulation Contest Results Announcement

    January 20, 2012, Friday

    8:00-5:00 pm, Informal Workshop Discussion and Sight-seeing

    Hotel and Travel Information

    TAU will be hosted at

    Barry Lam Hall
    Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering
    National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 10617, R.O.C.

    TAU recommended hotel is

    Leader Hotel, Taipei
    No. 83, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
    Tel: 886-2-8369-2858
    Fax: 886-2-8369-2859
    E-mail: ntu@leaderhotel.com

    The table below shows the hotel standard rate and TAU negotiated hotel rate.

    Room TypeRoom Rates Negotiated Rates
    Superior SingleNT$5,500+10%NT$2,500
    Superior TwinNT$6,000+10%NT$2,700
    Deluxe SingleNT$6,000+10%NT$2,900
    Leader SuiteNT$10,000+10%NT$4,000
    Executive SuiteNT$15,000+10%NT$5,000

    To secure the conference negotiated hotel rate, please (1) choose the room type when you register on-line at the webpage, and (2) at the same time, send your choice to the General Chair, Prof. Charlie Chen cchen@cc.ee.ntu.edu.tw for reservation.