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Accelerating Metric-Driven Verification With “Hotswap” on Verification Computing Platform

Comments(0)Filed under: Acceleration, Emulation, Palladium, DAC, metric-driven verification, emulator, metric, hotswap, MDV, hot swap

For a while now, Cadence has been providing leading verification solutions and methodologies such as metric driven verification (MDV). MDV guides verification projects from initial planning to verification closure. Engineers need automated verification management solutions that utilize metrics. Cadence metric-driven technologies automate time-consuming manual verification tasks at the block, chip, system, and project levels. Using a metric-driven approach, system designers and verification teams can streamline the verification process and better analyze failures and coverage to debug their designs.

This year, to meet the system level requirements of the System Realization component of the EDA360 industry vision, Cadence has augmented its metric-driven verification methodology to collect metrics from accelerated hardware and to analyze design failures more quickly. But this capability works with no ordinary hardware platform.

You see, in order to efficiently collect metrics and analyze failures from a hybrid verification environment consisting of both software simulation and hardware acceleration, the use model must allow a seamless transition from software to hardware - and back. The engineer should be able to easily choose whether to run simulation on a workstation motherboard or in an accelerated hardware - and maintain control while reaping the benefits of a familiar software debug environment. In Cadence's verification computing platform, called Palladium XP, we refer to this capability as "hotswap."

If you're planning on attending Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2010 in Anaheim next week, be sure to stop by the Cadence booth to learn more about MDV for acceleration and hotswap. Cadence will be demonstrating "Metric Driven Verification for acceleration with Palladium XP." You'll see how metrics can be collected from hardware and how users can easily "hotswap" back and forth between software simulation and hardware acceleration. You'll see how this capability can help you reach design closure more quickly.

Other System Realization demos at DAC 2010

Live: HW/SW co-debug with ARM based design demo

ARM VSTREAM demo

Wind River Simics demo

Look for these at the System Realization pod at the Cadence booth, Hall B #1334.

Related topics:

Palladium XP Verification Computing Platform

DVCON 2010 tutorial: OVM Advanced Application tutorial with OVM Acceleration

Palladium XP video demo - Preview

Raj Mathur

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