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OVM e Scoreboard Posted on OVMWorld.org

Comments(2)Filed under: Functional Verification, OVM, OVMWorld, Open Verification Methodology, e, Specman, OVM e, IES-XL, TLM

Specmaniacs rejoice: Cadence has uploaded the OVM e Scoreboard Infrastructure Package to OVM World. Here are the highlights from star guest blogger Efrat Shneydor of Methodology R&D:

The OVM Scoreboard provides a substantial scoreboard framework, applicable to many kinds of systems and checking requirements. With this framework you can define a scoreboard unit, connect it to the environment monitor(s), and customize its matching criteria and checking algorithm. Specifically, the OVM e scoreboard provides:

  1. Easy usage of point-to-point devices
  2. Flexible scoreboard utilities that are applicable for the majority of devices (including complex ones)
  3. Built-in infrastructure for systemic events (reset, power-down, etc.)
  4. Multi-language support via TLM ports -- the scoreboard accepts data items from any HVL

The "ovm_scbd" package itself contains:

  • e source files, defining ovm_scoreboard unit definition
  • Several usage examples, demonstrating how the OVM scoreboard can be used for verifying various kinds of systems
  • Reference manual
  • Overview presentation

Download: ovm_scbd_1.0.1.tar.gz

For more information about using the new package please contact ovm_contributions@cadence.com

Happy verifying!

Efrat Shneydor
Cadence Methodology R&D


By Bryan on December 2, 2009
I'm confused.  How does a specmen e component fit into the overall SystemVerilog OVM framework?

By Team Specman on December 2, 2009
The architecture of the OVM is independent of verification language -- OVM supports e, SystemC, and of course SystemVerilog.  In fact, OVM was actually derived from the mature and successful "e Reuse Methodology" (eRM), hence the challenge when creating OVM (over 2 years ago now) was to build upon its concepts to leverage SystemVerilog and SystemC construct and work flows.  And given this e/eRM heritage, evolving eRM into "OVM e" to align with the resulting broader OVM framework was pretty straightforward.
Here are some prior posts with more background:
OVM Multi-language Libraries – A Closer Look
Users Report on OVM in a Multi-Language World: Results From DVCon
Does this answer your question?  Another interpretation of your question could be, "if I have a verification environment that's mostly OVM SystemVerilog, how do I integrate an eRM or OVM e verification component into it?"
Please advise.
Team Specman

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