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News From the IP '08 Conference

Comments(0)Filed under: Functional Verification, Verification IP modeling, Coverage-Driven Verification, ISX (Incisive Software Extensions), metric driven verification (MDV), ISX, Multi-domain verification: HW/SW co-verification, HW/SW, VIP, Cadence VIP portfolio

My colleagues on the Verification IP team have been honored to present at the annual "IP '08" conference this week in Grenoble, France.  Unfortunately for me I'm not able to attend (hence no photo blog or video; sorry), but my colleague Pete Heller in the Verification IP group has offered to relay the following news about this growing event.

Q. [Joe] What is IP'08?
A. [Pete] IP'08 is an annual conference put on by Design and Reuse, a leading IP information clearing house based in France.  The show focuses on IP design, verification and reuse as well as business issues relating to IP (design IP and verification IP).  See http://www.design-reuse.com/ip08/program/ for more details.

Q. [Joe] Please tell me more about the conference host, "Design and Reuse"? 
A. [Pete] Design and Reuse (D&R) D&R provides a global collaboration network for sharing design resources in the electronics SoC industry.  They point out that they are "the world's largest directory of 6,500 Silicon IPs from more than 400 vendors".   (See http://www.design-reuse.com for more info.)

Q. [Joe] Why is Cadence presenting at IP'08?
A. [Pete]  With the October announcement of the 5X expansion of Cadence's VIP portfolio, we are now the leading supplier of verification IP
with the greatest product breadth  (no kidding -- recall that we support over 30 protocols now).  As such, IP'08 is an excellent venue for Cadence to show off the new, expanded portfolio to decision makers involved with IP selection.

Q: [Joe] What papers are we presenting at IP'08?
A: [Pete]  Cadence is presenting three papers.  The first, "Automating Protocol Compliance Verification Using Metric Driven Verification" explains a unique capability of Cadence ' s  Verification IP (VIP), the "Compliance Management System" (a/k/a "CMS") included with our VIPs.  This paper describes why it is needed and how it works.

The second, "Learning Not to Fear PCI Express Compliance Using a Predictable, Metrics Driven Methodology" represents work done by one of our customers, ClearSpeed(tm), based in the UK.  It provides an excellent explanation about the motivation for using a metric-driven approach as well as the excellent results ClearSpeed achieved (over 95% functional coverage for PCI Express).  

Last but not least, we are also sharing some best practices in embedded software IP verification, in a paper aptly titled "Embedded Software IP Verification".  In a nutshell, the embedded software world has been seriously lagging the hardware/ASIC development world in recognizing the ROI of VIP, but things like the now infamous iPhone call dropping problem that was found to be caused by a firmware bug is inspiring new thinking in this space.

Q: [Joe] Who is presenting for Cadence?
A:  Our colleagues Gabriele Zarri and Markus Winterholer. 

Gabriele, our newest solutions engineer, will deliver the presentations on metric-driven VIP automation and PCI Express.  Gabriele came to us from Yogitech, the original supplier of the OCP UVC now owned by Cadence.  Gabriele has a very strong background in verification in general, architecting and packaging UVCs in specific, and he also happens to live in Southern France, so he is an ideal person to represent Team VIP.

Markus is an expert on hardware-software co-verification from the ISX team, and thus he is a presenter in a session devoted exclusively to this topic this coming Thursday morning. Note that he is being joined by co-presenters Thomas Schultz from Bosch and Djones Lettnin from Tübingen.  FYI, Markus is actually based in Tübingen, which is just near enough to consider driving to Grenoble via a mix of autobahn and unbelievably scenic, twisty mountain roads, but I digress.

Q:  [Joe] OK, last question, and your chance to give your best Cadence VIP elevator pitch: what distinguishes Cadence's VIP from other offerings?
A: [Pete]  Several things -- the most important differentiators are found in
the sheer number of protocols supported and the depth of Cadence VIP’s functionality and automation.  This includes:

* The unique automated protocol Compliance Management System (CMS) which automates protocol compliance verification

OVM multi-language interfaces are included in all Cadence UVCs

* Direct support for Cadence’s metric-driven verification (MDV) methodology
which is prepackaged with each UVC.

Cadence’s depth leadership also extends to verification engines—only Cadence provides advanced testbench VIP, assertion-based VIP, transaction-based acceleration VIP, and Speedbridge adapters for emulation and in-circuit system validation.  
[Joe] I'm sold -- I'll take one of everything!  Where do I fax the PO?  :-) 

Thanks Pete for this briefing on IP '08!
In the near future I'll post debrief interviews of Gabriele and Markus on their impressions of the event in general, as well as what specific concerns they heard from attendees about their IP and verification challenges.


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