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 Methodology for attaching Monitors to existing DUT 

Last post Mon, Aug 20 2007 11:45 AM by archive. 0 replies.
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    < code >
    I'm sharing this code which shows how to connect a verification component,
    a monitor in this case, to an existing hierarchy, without modifying ANY of the DUT code.  The attachment of the verification component to the existing dut using an interface is a bit confusing, but is explained here.  The value of this technique is that a verification engineer can instrument a dut without touching any of the original source code.

    You can put all the below code in a file called top.sv and use the following to compile:
    irun top.sv -linedebug -gui

    // This is the interface for the verification component
    // Since the verification component is a monitor function
    // all signals are input to the verification component
    interface verif_if(input a, b, c, d);


    // -------------------
    // This is the hierarchy that the v_monitor will be attached to
    module dut(input logic mclk, input logic msig, output logic msigo);

    logic aa='b0;   // other potential signals for V1 to attach to

    always #17 aa = ~aa;

    always @(posedge mclk)
      $display("%m mclk being clocked");

    always @(posedge aa)
      $display("%m aa being clocked");

    assign msigo = ~msig;


    // ------------------
    module top();
    logic tclk='b1;
    logic tsig='b0;

    dut U1(.mclk(tclk), .msig(tsig), .msigo(tsigo)  );  // .lower(upper)

    always #10 tclk = ~tclk;
    always #13 tsig = ~tsig;

    //always @(posedge tclk)
    //  $display("%m tclk being clocked");


    // ------------------
    // The verification module is a seperate top module whose sole
    // purpose is to bind verification modules (v_monitor) into
    // an existing design (dut) without modifying anything in the
    // existing design.

    module top_verif(  );

    // when using an interface to bind signals into the verification
    // component, bind the interface first, then the verif component
    // can connect ports and internal signals:

    // bind an interface of verif_if called myif to
    // instance top.U1 using the following port list
    bind top.U1 verif_if myif(mclk, msig, msigo, aa);

    // Create an instance called V1 of v_monitor and attach
    // it to the instance at top.U1 using the interface
    bind top.U1 v_monitor  V1( .vif(myif)  );  // .lower(upper)


    // This module gets attached (uses SV 'bind') to dut
    module v_monitor(verif_if vif);  // monitor = all inputs
    // In a real monitor insert covergroups, assertions etc here

    always @(posedge vif.a)
      $display("V1 a being clocked");

    always @(posedge vif.d)
      $display("V1 d being clocked");


    < /code >

    Originally posted in cdnusers.org by tmackett
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