Essential Building Blocks for Creating an Open-source EDA Project

Tsung Wei Huang, Chun Xun Lin, Guannan Guo, Martin D.F. Wong

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Open source has started energizing both industrial and academic research and development in electronic design automation (EDA) systems. By moving to open source, we can speed up our effort and work with others who are working toward the same goals, while reducing costs and improving end products. However, building an open-source project is much more than placing the codebase on the web. In this paper, we will talk about essential building blocks to create an impactful open-source project, including source repository, project landing page, documentation, and continuous integration. We will also cover the use of web-based frameworks to design a showcase project to bring community's attention. We will then share our experience in developing an open-source timing analyzer (OpenTimer) and a parallel task programming library (Cpp-Taskflow), both of which are being used in many industrial and academic EDA research projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 56th Annual Design Automation Conference 2019, DAC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367257
StatePublished - Jun 2 2019
Event56th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2019 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Jun 2 2019Jun 6 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


Conference56th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Electronic design automation
  • Open source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation


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