Video: Building An Integrated Verification Flow

July 31, 2018

by Neil Johnson, Chief Technologist 

DAC2018 has come and gone. It was a great conference as usual with lots of tooling on display and great conversations around usage and development flows. Highlight for me was the good fortune of speaking in Mentor’s Verification Academy booth for the 4th year in a row. The lively, unpredictable, come-and-go atmosphere on the trade show floor is far different than the usual conference speaking slots. It’s also a little more stressful, but I enjoy it!

The sessions were recorded and are posted on Verification Academy. You can follow the link to Building An Integrated Verification Flow to view mine. To give you a feel for what it’s about, here’s the description posted with the video…

While a lot of information is produced to introduce and support individual verification techniques, methods for applying a variety of verification techniques in a complementary way are harder to come by. In this session, we’ll discuss the factors and decisions that go into building an effective verification flow including what techniques to use and how they can be used together.

I have to say I was especially interested in doing this talk because it offered the chance to summarize my exploration of how portable stimulus fits into our industry view of verification. I think portable stimulus delivers new potential to development teams. And setting aside my mild personal disdain for early standardization, release of the PSS 1.0 does show industry support which is positive from a tooling perspective. The usage model is incomplete, though, based on the fact I’ve yet to see much consensus in terms of how portable stimulus should be integrated and leveraged. My hope is that presentations like this motivate the conversation around usability so we realize the potential of portable stimulus without losing the productive habits we’ve polished over the last 20 years.

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