IWLS 2003
Twelfth International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis
Surf and Sand Resort
Laguna Beach, California, USA
May 28-30, 2003
Colocated with DAC 2003 DAC
IWLS 2003 was held successfully and is now closed

The International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis provides an international forum to promote research and exchange ideas about all aspects of integrated circuit and system synthesis, optimization, and verification. The workshop encourages early dissemination of ideas and results. Accepted papers are distributed only to IWLS participants.

The workshop includes talks, posters, a panel discussion, and social lunch and dinner gatherings. To further simulate interaction among participants, there will be exercises in collaborative problem solving. Attendees will be divided into groups, each tackling a challenging problem submitted through the web and selected by the focus group chair. The EDA community is encouraged to submit logic and synthesis problems through this website. Example problems and details will be available in early January.

Topics of interest include architectures and compilation, synthesis and optimization, power and timing analysis, design validation and verification, and design experiences, all applied at system description levels ranging from transistor-level to hardware-software interfaces. Implementation might be in synchronous or asynchronous CMOS, or any emerging technology.

Authors may submit complete papers for their proposed presentation. These must be no longer than 8 pages, double column, and in a 10-point font. We also encourage submissions of extended abstracts in the early stages of research that highlight important new problems, perhaps without providing complete solutions. Only electronic submissions will be accepted: submission will be accepted at this website. For questions, contact program_chair@iwls.org. For travel grants, apply to ACM/SIGDA travel grant program.


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Leon Stok, Looking back at the IWLS 1997 focus groups.

Igor Markov, Introduction to Reversible Circuits.

Igor Markov and Prabhakar Kudva, Benchmarking for [Physical] Synthesis.

Focus Group Presentations


Spiraling Mask Costs

Statistical Synthesis

Design Languages

No More Counting of Literals

Yield and Redundancy

The reversible benchmarks project

Panel Presentations

Radu Marculescu

Sani Nassif

Eric Rotenberg

Lou Scheffer

Hotel Reservations

All reservations should be made directly with the Surf and Sand Resort, Laguna Beach, CA by telephone (+1-949-497-4477 or 800-524-8621). The room rate is $170.00 for both single and double occupancy. Attendees should reference IWLS or IEEE when making reservations. The reservation cut-off date is Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. Reservations received after this date will be accepted by the Hotel only on a space-available basis at the conference rates.

The Hotel will require a deposit in advance from individual guests to guarantee a particular reservation. To guarantee an individual reservation, a guest must either (1) send a check or money order covering the first night's room rate plus applicable sales tax, or (2) send a signed letter authorizing the Hotel to charge the room deposit and applicable sales tax to the guest's major credit card and include card number and expiration date, or (3) give the guest's major credit card by telephone.

Cancellations and refunds:

Should guests cancel a reservation, deposits will be refunded by the Hotel if notice is received by 6:00pm three (3) days prior to the arrival date. The Hotel will allow name changes without any penalty. All guaranteed reservations will receive either written or verbal confirmation from the Hotel.

In the event that an attendee who has reserved a room checks out prior to the reserved check-out date, the Hotel will charge an early departure fee of $50.00.

The Hotel's check-in time is 4:00 pm. The Hotel's check-out time is 12:00 pm. Guests are permitted to check in earlier or check out later subject to room availability.

Workshop Registration

Please print this form, complete it, and fax it to +1 412 268 2859 to the attention of Ms. Lyz Knight. Please type/print the information requested clearly. You will receive an email confirmation within one week. If you do not, please send email to Ms. Lyz Knight at lyz@ece.cmu.edu.

The registration fee includes workshop proceedings, all coffee breaks, and all meals starting with lunch on Wednesday (May 28) through lunch on Friday (May 30).

No checks will be accepted for on-site registration, only credit cards.

Late registration will close on Friday, May 23rd and resume when the workshop begins on May 28th.

The workshop registration fee is not refundable after May 20th.

Guest tickets will be available at the registration desk. Payment can be done on-site (by credit card only), but the request must be confirmed with the General Chair no later than May 26th. Prices are as follows:

Wednesday 5/28 (lunch, dinner) $120
Thursday 5/29 (breakfast, lunch, dinner) $140
Friday 5/30 (breakfast, lunch) $65
Workshop Registration Fees
On or Before April 29 After April 29 On-Site
IEEE/ACM Member $475 $570 $570
Non-Member $620 $750 $750
IEEE/ACM Student Member $350 $420 $420
Student Non-Member $455 $510 $510
Travel Information

The Surf & Sand Resort is located at the southern end of Laguna Beach, just 20 minutes away from Orange County Airport, 55 minutes away from Los Angeles International Airport and only 70 minutes away from San Diego Airport.

Regional map and directions

For more information about Laguna Beach, check the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau official website.

Online Paper Submission

Submission for IWLS 2003 is closed. We used the EDAS system to manage this process.

Do NOT use the EDAS system for registration; follow the instructions above.


Submission deadline for papers and problems: March 3, 2003

Notification of acceptance: April 4, 2003

Final version due: April 28, 2003

Advance workshop registration deadline: April 29, 2003, 5:00 PM EDT

Hotel reservation deadline: May 6, 2003, 5:00 PM PDT

Printable Call for Papers



Student registration supported in part by Magma Design Automation, IBM, Intel, Cadence, and Synopsys.


General Chair Diana Marculescu Carnegie Mellon
Program Chair Yuji Kukimoto Cadence
Panel Chair Iris Bahar Brown University
Focus Group Chair Etienne Jacobs Magma
Benchmark Chair Prabhakar Kudva IBM
Publicity Chair Stephen A. Edwards Columbia University
A/V Chair Fadi Aloul University of Michigan

Links to past workshops

IWLS 2002 June 4-7, 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana

IWLS 2001 June 12-15, 2001, Tahoe City, California

IWLS 2000 May 31-June 2, 2000, Dana Point, California

IWLS 1999 June 27-30, 1999, Tahoe City, California

IWLS 1998 June 7-10, 1998, Tahoe City, California


Photo of Dana Point (March 2001) is copyright Ben Ursel 2001, www.urseldesign.com. Used with permission.