I finished my internship at Synopsys Inc. Mountain View, CA, Friday, Sept. 26th (To who does not know Synopsys, it is one of top-notch EDA software companies, which also extends it business scope to other areas, such as code analysis/testing, e.g. Synopsys bought Coverity half-year ago). I took many photos with my teammates, including Director Harish, Manager ZongWu, Mentor Dustin, Qing, Wenwen. Li Chen left early so that I owe him a picture. Wenwen thought the scene is like a small graduation ceremony and too sensitive.
This summer changed me from MATLAB programming for academic prototyping mode to intensive C programming of building product as well as research prototypes. This reminds me of my research experience in Tsinghua University two-year ago. Luckily, I managed to finish 2.5 of 3 projects assigned to me (previous intern’s assignment at our group is one, I think). The 0.5 left project is actually a take-home fun research project. , the 1 of 2.5 project should come out with the next release in the Synopsys products (you can guess the part resides in the dominating products of Synopsys). Other 1 may go to the next stage of research & development. This is a rewarding experience, especially put me to the edge of current problem met by the industry, which should help me to target, define and formulate problems.
PS: The EDA algorithm is very challenging and physical-related, but less known to current CS people. The connections from EDA algorithms to computer theory exists in a broad way, so this area is not only about code tuning. We need to deal with graph partitioning, and numerical algorithms. I also find matrix exponential is also applied to community detection, in KDD conference.