I've just heard that the Accellera VIP Technical
Subcommittee (TSC) has voted to make the OVM the base for their Universal
Verification Methodology (UVM) standard and, in spite of the holidays, I’m so happy
that I have to blog about it. When Cadence and Mentor embarked upon the Open
Verification Methodology project two and a half years ago, we didn’t know for
sure what the results would be. We felt that the industry was crying out for a
truly open multi-vendor solution, so we made it happen, and we had confidence
that it would succeed.
There is no doubt that the OVM has succeeded. I checked
the statistics on the OVM World site the other day (before the new 2.1 release) and saw that there had been more than 50,000
downloads of the OVM kits and community contributions (extensions and utilities
supporting the OVM). That doesn’t include page views of all the other content
on the site, such as the 5,000 posts on the OVM Forum. I’m really glad that the
Accellera VIP TSC has recognized the enormous popularity, impact, and technical
excellence of the OVM in deciding to make it the base for the UVM.
I know that that a few users have been sitting on the fence
waiting for Accellera to bless a methodology. Standardizing the current OVM as
UVM erases any lingering doubts about which verification methodology to choose.
Some current OVM users may be concerned that standardization will stop the
evolution of verification methodology. I am not worried about this; I expect
OVM World to continue as the industry’s premier site for verification
innovation, and that many of the useful and creative community contributions
will become part of the UVM, either in the initial release or in subsequent releases.
I sincerely invite my many OVM colleagues to celebrate how
far we have come in such a short time. Happy Holidays, everyone!
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