Back in 2020, we were the first, if not among the first, to use the eFabless open MPW program and free, open-source OpenLane/OpenROAD toolchain as the primary teaching medium in a University class project. In this talk I will reflect on the allure and dangers of using FOSS tooling for University classes, the results, what went wrong and what went right, and what we’ve done since.
About Arya Reais-Parsi
Arya is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, in the area of Computer Architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Before starting his PhD he worked as a Software Engineer at Google in Sydney, Australia.