My Farewell Mail for friends at MG

Hi Guys,
[This is a typical farewell message as everyone might have seen earlier. It was special request from Prateek Jain so here it goes…]

It seems weird [really really weird 😛 ] to write this mail after a small [dude 6 months is huge!!] association with Mentor Noida.
I never thought I would be writing this mail [I did.. from the very day after training 😉 ]. It has been an immense pleasure to work with you all. Last 3 days have been my best days at Mentor and now its my time to return your comments. lets start with…

shahzeb miyan.. the bakar king. but he has kept everyone interested in their boring jobs. (today… i grant u the freedom of secrecy).
sonam.. youngest & the most loaded member of noida’11 (in fact in entire noida), yet the most lively one & a gr8 friend.
neeraj.. kamina! but his humour & yes-no logic(ask him that) always refreshing. And isse better roommate nahi ho sakta.
shubham agrawal… PJs.. bhaisab! but one of the most caring ppl.
manju… hmmm…
shrai… lukha! but wakai mein acha aadmi hai yaar. golden heart!
sudhir… iska apna tajurba hai, sabko batlata hai yeh…
koi lab chu gaya tha tab, ke ab tak ga raha hai yeh…
hamesha dil ki baat kehne wala.
dada & marora… dudes of d batch! ab aur kya kahun 😉 (@marora.. see u soon ;))
manju… hmmmm…
arpit… dil ka saaf hai… but dude, keep distance from guys.
mayank.. maasoom! needs to be more tolerant 😛
DC.. i’ll remember him for “the after effect” & his shayari…atra, tatra, savatra aapki khyati ho, hamari duayein aapke saath hain!
and finally prateek.. the funny guy… manages up-dn, f***ing job & a gf! (i mean… a REAL gf!) hats off!
manju… hmmm… childish, but secretly works(& thinks) a lot. well i m thankful for the HDL prize. its the only thing i achieved here 😛

The entire batch is awesome and was the only reason i was able to survive here.
Thank u & God bless u all… Keep in touch through mail, facebook, my blog https://abhitak.wordpress.com [perfect time for publicity 😉 ]. My personal mail id is abhishek.gup87@gmail.com [please do not spam!!] and..
Wish you many more successful years at Mentor Graphics! 😉 … (no… seriously)

Regards,
Abhishek Gupta (2)

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And the training ends…phew

Its been a long time since i posted something. The major reason was my Job training… 40 days!! its not a small period. The first few weeks had been very hectic- ppts, lectures, assignments- entire day used to pass in that. We started daily at 9.30am and usually used to stay upto 9pm to complete the assignments. Adding to the chaos was the fight to search a proper location for house on rent.
The range of topics had been very very vast- vhdl, verilog, system verilog, c/c++ being the major topics (max 3 days/topic). Then there were smaller but more irritating ones- scripting, tcl/tk, sed-awk, lex-yacc…and last but not the least annoying- Systems, Finance, HR, Operations, etc etc.
Then there were “HDL Code Contest” & “CPP Code Contest”. This was a more fun time (…atleast u dont have to listen to lectures). Just keep coding for 3-5 days in a team and winner gets a handsome cash award.
Then finally towards the end was a presentation to be prepared under the guidance of a supervisor.
The most fun part was the code contests & presentation where the entire batch gets involved and friendship ties become stronger. This also creates a weird feeling of sadness at the end of such a hectic training schedule.
Interestingly there was an awesome freshers party at Quantum, a disco pub in Noida. Full dance, masti, food, everything… So overall it was an extreme mixture of experiences.
Arey haan… from the entire freshers batch that joined in july, only 4 of us those who were selected on-campus didn’t know our teams…hehe. So the entire suspense till the end of training was for us. And thank God we got selected somewhere…hehe.
My team is RTLC Veloce- Mentor’s Emulation technology. I also don’t know much now. Hope its interesting.

Day 4: Mentor Graphics – The day i got placed!

11.15am: I was sleeping, when Jacob’s call came & he brought the news that I have been selected for interview at Mentor. Sounded unbelievable, so i verified it. It was right. After last day’s subjective test of Mentor Graphics, it was pretty much clear that we, Jacob, Nisarg & I, have little chance of being selected… the condition being Sectional cutoff of Apti should be > 0.
Anyways, I went for the interview at Takshashila lav 201A at 11.30. They came at 12. They asked to fill up a form similar in style to a CV. Then the interview began…
They had my written test’s answer paper in which i probably got 8/24 (software:5, hardware:3, Apti:0). They started with digital electronics.
How to implement a 3 & 4 variable function using 8:1 MUX. Do not use inverter. The “Do not use inverter” part was difficult. I couldn’t solve that.
Then i was given 2 functions: y=a AND b & y= a XOR b to be implemented by MUX. a XOR b was tricky. It is not possible he said later. What is the property that allows AND to be implemented & not XOR? no idea. (It is some direct relation & parallel relation between the select input & data input.)
Design a mod-10 counter. Did. Add facility of up & down counting. Did. Then he took a test question: Design an asynch. PRESET D-flipflop using a simple D-flipflop with asynch CLR input. This started a train of questions as i was not able to get the answer quickly.
Later was the software part. He asked threading. How can it be used to parallelize an algo, for eg. a binary search. I replied some thing here & there. It was not proper.
Then he went to graphs. A directed graph is given how to find if it contains a cycle. I replied – start with source node, go to neighbors, then their neighbors and keep checking whether a previously visited node has been visited again. Then if we have a multi-sink graph, with a set A containing only some of the sinks, how will find whether there is a path from the source to a sink in ‘A’? I said, do DFS starting with the source node. If u landup in a sink, check whether that node is in ‘A’. Simple 🙂
There were some other C questions like write code for this-that etc. (mostly bitwise operations). I answered ok-ok.
A simple apti question in speed-distance-time followed. easy it was.
And finally the interview came to an end after 1 hr 30 min… which i felt like a month or year sitting there… just waiting when it’ll finish. After such a bad interview, i was 99.5 % sure that there is no chance.
Then later in the night at ~8.30 pm i got call for 2nd interview. It was simple & they asked about my project & some easy C questions. They asked what kind of profile i desired. I said “embedded software”. Embedded work is not there in Noida branch. So would you like to go for pure software job? I obviously said ‘yes’.
And at ~11.30pm, we all 6 people called for 2nd interview were selected. 3 BTech CS, 1 BTech EC, 1 Dual Degree EC and myself MTech EC. yayyy!
It was just awesome!! Then we went to veggies for coffee with Mentor people. Returned at 1am. Loads of congratulations waiting from Nisarg, Nikhil & Tanmay. Khushi baatne se badhti hai… Maza aa gaya… FINALLY 🙂

Mentor Graphics University Design Contest 2010

There is a Electronics design challenge by Mentor Graphics.
This is the inaugural Mentor Graphics University Design contest 2010 in India. The focus of this contest is to provide an opportunity for engineering students to showcase their technical talent and competency using “Mentor Graphics tools”.

Stages:
Its a 3 stage competition.
Stage 1: Preparation and Submission of Paper/Project.
Stage 2: Poster Presentation
Stage 3: Paper/Project Presentation

Last of Submission of Papers:
August 15th, 2010

Awards:
1st Prize: US$ 3000
2nd Prize: US$ 2000
3rd Prize: US$ 1000

Participation:
Team/College/University Requirements: Teams must consist of at least two, but no more than five, students. There is no limit to the number of teams that may compete from any given University.

Submissions are invited from all students at all stages of their university careers, from undergraduate to post-graduate. The University/College should be “Mentor Graphics Higher Education Program(HEP) Partner”. All submissions should have the proof of Mentor Graphics tool/technology usage.

More Details:
Mentor Graphics Design Challenge India