With the introduction of SystemC in September 1999, the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) made a modeling platform available that enables, promotes and accelerates system level design and intellectual property exchange. The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) is a collaborative effort among a broad range of companies. OSCI provides an inter-operable, modeling platform to exchange very fast system-level C++ models and develop seamless tool integration. OSCI also fosters the rapid growth of a global market for innovative new system-level design solutions. To ensure structured innovation and stability of the SystemC standard, the OSCI SystemC Steering Group is responsible for driving the evolution of the SystemC standard. To catalyze the communication between SystemC users and Steering Group, several SystemC activities and events are initiated. For SystemC information from OSCI and SystemC download see www.systemc.org. The European SystemC Users Group (ESCUG) was founded in 2000 to have an independent organisation for SystemC users in Europe.


The European SystemC Users Group is independent but it naturally works tightly together with the Open SystemC Initiative. ESCUG is a central communication platform for SystemC users in Europe. It integrates industry, research institutes, universities and OSCI. Currently, 66% of our members come from industry (EDA vendors, semiconductor companies, IP providers, training, etc.) and 37% come from academia (research institutes, universities, etc.).

Major events are two users goup meetings a year, one spring meeting in conjunction with DATE Conference in Munich or Paris, and one autumn meeting at various locations in Europe. The basic structure of these meetings represents directly the communication goal of the European SystemC Users Group. The first part of our meetings is usually given by representatives of OSCI. On one hand this ensures access to the latest information concerning SystemC, the language development, and the business around. On the other hand it ensures direct feedback from SystemC users in Europe to the Open SystemC Initiative. The second part of our meetings is a users part where SystemC users from industry as well as from academia can present their SystemC experience. This forms a unique communication platform that takes reseach, business and language development into account. Some meetings have been extended by SystemC tutorials to allow new members a seamless access to the SystemC language and community. Another new kind of event is the SystemC University Booth introduced at DATE Conference 2003 in Munich, Germany. It gives project teams from academia a platform to present their work within the DATE Exhibition area to a broad audience. The numbers of participants of all our meetings are steadily growing, such that we have over 200 participants at our spring meetings and about 60 participants at the autumn meetings.