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Specman And The Cadence ESL+TLM News

Comments(2)Filed under: Functional Verification, Verification methodology , DAC, eRM, Incisive Enterprise Simulator (IES), e, Specman, IEEE 1647, OVM e, Aspect Oriented Programming, AOP, IES-XL, SimVision, ESL, TLM

Recently our colleagues on Team ESL announced a new TLM-Driven Design and Verification Solution.  Team Specman guesstimates that about 15% of Specmaniacs are already using Specman with SystemC and/or some form of transaction-level modeling (TLM) flow.  For those of you that are in this camp, a logical question is "what's new"?  In advance of DAC (and the ClubT's this fall, and more detailed follow-up blog posts), at the 10,000ft level:

* There are enhancements being added to Specman/Incisive Enterprise Simulator-XL to simplify the TLM-verification flow with SystemC.  Specifically, look for new hooks to support TLM/RTL metric-driven verification in general, and new source level debug visualization capabilities in SimVision.

* The methodology & product docs will have new content on how to perform multi-language OVM-based functional verification of pure TLM, TLM/RTL, and RTL.  The subtle point here is the reference to eRM, er, we mean *OVM*, where OVM == easy, structured re-use -- i.e. Team ESL is working to extend the benefits of OVM into TLM verification IP.

* For those Specmaniacs that are regularly asked to pull double-duty as design and verification enginers, you will appreciate how this solution combines C-to-Silicon Compiler with new memory compiler integration and C/C++ usability.

Message for the other 85% of Specmaniacs doing pure RTL today:
All we [Team Specman] can say is that we have seen the aforementioned 15% of ESL/TLM using Specmanics enjoy some to all of the benefits being claimed for the ESL-centric flow vs. a traditional RTL flow.  In short, this stuff really is worth a look.

Finally, it's important to note that from the "purely Specman point of view", to some extent Team Specman is actually neutral about the whole RTL vs. ESL/TLM discussion.  Why?  Recall that Specman does not care about the format of the DUT that it's verifying -- e/Specman was created to be a generic verification solution, period.  Hence, as many of you know (because you do it every day) with Specman you can verify DUT made of single-language RTL, multiple RTL languages, TLM/RTL, all TLM, plain vanilla SystemC, RTL+embedded software, HDL+AMS models -- Specman doesn't care.  The point in the context of this ESL/TLM news is that regardless of whether you stick with RTL or move to TLM, you can reuse your e/Specman testbenches and eVCs.  Truly this flexibility is another benefit of e/Specman in addition to AOP, the safe "infinity minus" approach to generation, ... we could go on  ;-)

Happy coding!

Team Specman

Reference links:
The official PR: Cadence Introduces First TLM-Driven Design and Verification Solution to Increase Engineering Productivity over RTL-based Flows

Great article from fellow Blogger Richard Goering on how "TLM Brings “ESL” Down To Earth"

More details from fellow blogger Steve Brown: "TLM-Driven Design and Verification Solution"


By schoudhury on August 31, 2009
How to build sequence in systemverilog like E.

By teamspecman on September 1, 2009
Hi Salauddin,
Recall that sequences are part of OVM -- both OVM for e and as well as OVM for SystemVerilog.  The Incisive documentation has a lot of information and examples on creating OVM-compliant sequences in both languages, and the OVM docs posted at OVMWorld.org are another great resource:
Team Specman

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