Andy Goodrich Receives Accellera Systems Initiative Technical Excellence Award

Mr. Goodrich will be recognized for contributions to SystemC at DVCon on March 3, 2014

San Jose, Calif., March 3, 2014 (at the Design and Verification Conference and Exhibition) -- Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera) announces today that Andrew (Andy) Goodrich, a member of the SystemC Language Working Group (LWG), is the recipient of the third annual Accellera Technical Excellence Award. The award is being presented at the Design and Verification Conference and Exhibition (DVCon) on Accellera Systems Initiative Day, March 3, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements Andy has made to the organization's SystemC standardization effort, including acting as chief developer of the SystemC Proof-of-Concept (PoC) simulator that has advanced the field of electronic system level (ESL) design.

"SystemC has come a long way in the past decade, growing into a foundation for modern system design environment that is used by thousands of design engineers worldwide," said Shishpal Rawat, Accellera chair. "The PoC simulator has been a substantial part of that market growth, and Andy Goodrich has kept the PoC simulator current and available to the design community. His efforts have directly led to the widespread industrial adoption that SystemC now enjoys, and the commercial toolset that has grown around it."

"If not for a decade of continuous effort on Andy's part, the SystemC PoC simulator would not be the industrial-strength design tool that it is today," said Philipp A. Hartmann, chair of the SystemC LWG and senior researcher at OFFIS. "He is a vital contributor to the SystemC LWG, explaining how things work, maintaining a high implementation quality, and demonstrating and reviewing the feasibility of proposals while collaborating with competitors to further the SystemC standard and methodology. This work has been absolutely essential to the standardization, adoption and growth of SystemC."

"I'm honored to accept this prestigious and distinctive award that not only represents the technical merit of what the SystemC LWG has achieved, but also the impact SystemC has had in the industry," acknowledged Andy Goodrich. "It has been my privilege to work within a standards environment that epitomizes the tenants of collaboration, technical excellence, hard work and dedication expressed by its committee and chairs. I accept this award not only for myself, but on behalf of the talented members of the LWG that toiled beside me to make SystemC the well adopted design language it is today."

Andy Goodrich serves as the vice chair of the SystemC LWG and is a primary developer of the SystemC PoC simulator. Since 2002 he has maintained the code repository to merge contributions and prepare the final test and release procedures for the version 2.2.0 and 2.3.0 public releases. During the standardization efforts for IEEE 1666-2005 and IEEE 1666-2011, he made numerous implementation changes and bug fixes which resulted in high quality IEEE standards. He also ensured that a companion PoC implementation was made available to the industry when standards were released.

Mr. Goodrich is a Senior Member of Consulting Staff at Cadence Design Systems, working on the development of high-level synthesis tools. He has over 40 years of engineering, research and management experience in hardware architecture, computer graphics, networking and operating systems in both industrial and academic settings.

From 1998 to 2014, Mr. Goodrich was a co-founder and early VP of engineering of Forte Design Systems. He subsequently was named a Fellow and worked on the development of Forte's suite of high-level synthesis tools. Mr. Goodrich has held several key technical engineering positions at IXMICRO, Parallax Graphics, RasterOps the University of Michigan, Ramtek and Hewlett-Packard. He holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

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