Special Issue Call for Papers: Open-Source EDA

Aim and Scope

In the 80s the academic community produced several very high-quality EDA tools that spawned the EDA industry. Tools like Spice, Espresso, and SIS became the foundation of EDA companies. Open-source tools enable rapid innovation and create an ecosystem for scientific development. In recent years, the cost and difficulty of IC design in advanced nodes have stifled hardware design innovation and have raised unprecedented barriers to bringing new design ideas to the marketplace. Unlike the thriving software community, which enjoys a large number of open-source operating systems, compilers, libraries and applications, the hardware community lacks such a modern ecosystem. With the advent of Open Silicon IP Ecosystems like RISCV, Chips Alliance, and Free Silicon Foundation, the time has come to reinvigorate the open-source movement in EDA tools. The EDA open-source landscape is fragmented and a full open-source EDA flow is lacking. Recent programs from governmental agencies aim to jump-start development of open-source EDA tools to reduce the cost and turnaround time of hardware design. Open-source development also leads to special challenges such as physical design kit support and tool maintenance and support.

Topics of Interest:

Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • SoC architecture and design tools
  • Simulation tools
  • Automatic accelerator and high-level synthesis
  • Tools for security and system verification
  • Logic synthesis
  • P & R tools (Floorplanning, Placement, Physical synthesis, Clock tree synthesis, Global and detailed Routing and Layout finishing)
  • Analysis tools: parasitics, timing, power, IR drop and thermal
  • Pervasive machine learning for EDA flows
  • Automated analog design
  • Design for emerging technologies

Please send your questions about the scope to the guest editors.

Submission Guidelines:

Prospective authors should follow the submission guidelines for IEEE Design & Test. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to IEEE Manuscript Central at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dandt

A specific special issue category will be available and selectable from a menu. All articles will undergo the standard IEEE Design & Test review process. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words, including figures (with each average-size figure counting as 200 words) and a maximum of 12 references (50 for surveys). This amounts to about 4,000 words of text and a maximum of five small to medium figures. Accepted articles will be edited for clarity, structure, conciseness, grammar, passive to active voice, logical organization, readability, and adherence to style. Please see IEEE Design & Test Author Resources for links to Submission Guidelines Basics and Electronic Submission Guidelines and requirements.

 Accepted articles must meet the following three criteria:

  • Technical novelty: all articles must meet the standard criteria of technical contribution, in terms of novel methodologies and algorithms with demonstrated superiority over existing methods.

  • Open-source and interoperability: all submissions must include a link to their open-source code. All open-source tools must use standard input and output file formats or databases to ensure interoperability in EDA flow.

  • High impact on EDA flows: acceptance priority will be given to articles that address missing or critical needs within the existing open-source ecosystem.

Submissions that heavily overlap with prior conference publications by the same authors will be given low acceptance priority.


  • EXTENDED Submission Deadline: 15 February 2020
  • Notification First Round: 1 April 2020
  • Revision Submission: 1 May 2020
  • Final Notification: 1 June 2020
  • Final Version Due: 15 June 2020

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