Dear AgileSoC Follower,
I need your help.
I need you to join me in heading off a trend that’s progressing dangerously toward the point of no return. The collective sanity of the hardware world depends on us working together. The time to act is NOW… before it’s too late!
Fair to say that what we’ve posted on AgileSoC.com to date is decidedly pro-agile. Bryan, myself and the guest bloggers we’ve had thus far believe in agile hardware development so we haven’t spend much time talking about why agile hardware wouldn’t work. No surprise there. But when you’re getting a steady diet of opinions from one side of an argument, it can be easy to forget that there can be some very practical arguments on the flip side to the coin. Today – after a little cajoling from Bryan over the past year – Mike Thompson from Huawei in Ottawa brings a little balance to AgileSoC.com by examining the flip side of the coin. Continue reading
It was recently brought to my attention that I haven’t done a very good job of telling people about the examples that come with SVUnit. That’s unfortunate. The examples are there to help so if people don’t know they’re there or what they do, I think I’m safe in saying they’re not helping anyone!
Let’s change that. Continue reading
Time for a new series of posts on agilesoc.com. I think it’ll be best to call this a series of challenges to the functional verification community at large. I’ll point out techniques that have irked me, wonder aloud why we use them and then challenge people to propose alternatives. The important part of this is not to agree or disagree with me (though obviously feel free to do either). What I’m hoping for is that people will stop and do a little navel gazing (aka: a powerful technique for fostering creative thinking that we don’t schedule nearly enough time for), to think a bit about what we do and why we do it. I’m sure some of these posts will come off as ranting which I’ll say from the outset I won’t be apologizing for! But I’m looking to get people talking, not put people on the defensive. These are meant as honest, constructive food-for-thought so keep that in mind as you’re reading.
Ready? It’s time to get heated! It’s time to get opinionated! It’s time to pick sides!!
You’re either with me, or you’re with: the UVM sequencer! Continue reading
If you’ve read Does Constrained Random Verification Really Work and Functional Verification Doesn’t Have to be a Sideshow, you’ll know that I’ve become a bit of a skeptic when it comes to constrained random. My opinion hasn’t changed much since those posts and I think I’ve got a couple visuals that will help people see the point I was arguing in Functional Verification Doesn’t Have to be a Sideshow, that a successful constrained random verification effort starts with directed testing… a lot of directed testing. Continue reading
How many people in the world are named Glenn? An odd question for sure, but what if that were your job, to verify the number of people named Glenn in the entire world? How would you do it? Continue reading
It’s day 4 and time for an abbreviated post. Today I made it to the first session in the morning, hung around in the open space to listen in on some post-talk discussion and met some friends for lunch to talk about some open-source development.
But the big news of the day was that the final votes were counted and the winner of the Agile2012 Conference Gold Star Award for Outstanding Accidental Contribution To The Field Of Hardware Verification… or repeat winner would be more accurate… is Elisabeth Hendrickson! She was the big winner last year and she did it again this year by spending another hour with me today showing me how to use cucumber to write acceptance tests. She’s also helped get me thinking about the possibilities for next year’s conference so congratulations (and thank you :)). Continue reading
It’s day 3 and this is a late night entry. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll say once again that was another good day. If you’ve been following along, you’ll probably notice that another good day has become the theme for me at this conference! Continue reading
Day 2 of Agile2012 was another good one. More good talks, had a chance to catch up with some friends from last year over lunch and in the 11-12 time slot, I presented my TDD And A New Paradigm For Hardware Verification. Continue reading
It’s a big week for agile software developers with Agile2012 officially starting today in Dallas.
Last year, Agile2011 was 5 action packed days and it’s looking like more of the same for Agile2012! After a late flight in last night and a solid 4 hours sleep (I had a late start from Calgary and an extra hour layover in Denver so I didn’t get into my room until about 2:15am), we’re off to a great start with today’s sessions. Continue reading