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THURSDAY March 06, 8:30am - 12:00pm | Donner Ballroom

The How To’s of Metric Driven Verification to Maximize Verification Productivity

John Nehls - Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Matt Graham - Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Mike Stellfox - Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Eric Melancon - Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Jose Barandiaran - Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
John Brennan - Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Metric Driven Verification (MDV) is a productivity enhancement over the tried and true coverage driven verification, for purposes of functional verification of RTL designs. MDV is used by the majority of chip suppliers, but often only for specific parts of a chip, in a somewhat limited way, and mostly in the context of simulation only environments.

Verification is changing , driven by a rapid increase in design size and complexity. There is a new frontier possible, different than the linear trajectory we are on. At its route, functional verification has always been as much about methodology as it is about tools. We see that successful verification projects accommodate three primary factors – human, methodology, and enabling tools.

The scope of this MDV tutorial is ambitious and vast. It will present and demonstrate the major factors of functional verification, from IP level to SOC level, from simulation to acceleration, from practical methodology guidelines at different stages of integration, to human and tool factors essential to be managed. It will cover those specialty domains necessary for final verification sign-off, and be based on real metrics for data driven decision making. Simple decisions like what information should be measured when have a large impact on productivity, and guidelines will be presented based on actual successful verification engagements.

Topping it off will be techniques to reduce decision churn, and how to focus on pertinent data, meaningfully assembled from the reams of data produced from the verification environment. Cadence has matured and extended the MDV Methodology it pioneered in 2004, to address the new challenges and issues discussed above. The methodology and approach is tool independent, and will have significance no matter which vendor’s tools you are using, as the concepts and strategies are universally applicable.
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