If you need a good way to waste 36% or your day, debugging code is your best bet!
That’s what I figured Thursday while listening to Harry Foster’s analysis of the 2012 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Survey commissioned by Mentor Graphics. The survey is meant to show design and functional verification trends from hardware development. It’s well done and well presented by Harry.
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Here’s the scene: you’re a hardware engineer at a conference sitting in on a talk about functional coverage. You’re there because you think functional coverage is important. You think you do a good job of building functional coverage groups but the title of the talk suggests otherwise. The speaker takes the stage… Continue reading →
Verifying error conditions and UVM testbench checkers just got easier! The SVUnit UVM report mock lets you automate testing of UVM errors and fatals to increase confidence that the checkers in your testbench are defect free. The SVUnit UVM report mock is a scoreboard style checker where actual and expected errors are logged and compared to trigger a PASS/FAIL result.
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I’ve had a lot of reading and commenting on my last post Time to Blow Up UVM. Now I’m looking for an anonymous show of hands to see if I’m on the mark or completely out to lunch regarding UVM.
Just as it seems the verification community has converged on a methodology – a universal methodology as it were – that finally meets the needs of EDA vendors, IP providers and users, along comes somebody to suggest we should blow things up entirely and start again.
‘Somebody’ is me.
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Thus far, we’ve seen numbers related to confidence in project planning and our failure to produce accurate project estimates. In this post, we’ll see that failing to meet project delivery dates doesn’t come from lack of effort, though we will see another sign that we’re indeed setting ourselves up for failure. Here’s three new data points from our project planning survey related to long hours, mounting stress and aggressive goal setting. Continue reading →