The first EDA mooc: Teaching design automation to planet earth

Rob A. Rutenbar

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can deliver advanced course material at planetary scale, combining internet-based video content delivery, and cloud-based assignments. From March to May 2013, I taught the world's first EDA MOOC, entitled VLSI CAD: Logic to Layout, based on roughly 20 years of experience teaching electronic design automation in a conventional face-to-face classroom setting. Over 17,000 participants registered for this MOOC. This paper summarizes my experience with teaching EDA at planetary scale: how we covered ASIC synthesis, verification, layout, and timing; how we built cloud resources to enable students to experiment with open-source tools; how we designed software projects and deployed cloud-based auto-graders to support realistic EDA tool projects. The paper also discusses what MOOCs could mean to the dynamism of the EDA community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDAC 2014 - 51st Design Automation Conference, Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781479930173
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event51st Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2014 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 2 2014Jun 5 2014

Publication series

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


Other51st Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • ASIC
  • CAD
  • EDA
  • Layout
  • Logic
  • MOOC
  • VLSI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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