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Portable Stimulus Driving Hybrid Virtual Platforms and Emulation Environments

Conference: Verification Futures 2019 (click here to see full programme)
Speaker: David Kelf, Breker Verification Systems
Presentation Title: Portable Stimulus Driving Hybrid Virtual Platforms and Emulation Environments
Abstract: The use of Virtual Platforms with Emulation in a hybrid mode, is becoming commonplace. As a mechanism to control emulation capacity, as well as provide an early platform for architectural development, early software and testing that drives later verification, this approach is an invaluable practical implementation of the shift left directive. Critical test consistency across this flow is often disrupted given the many forms of testbench applied at different phases.

Portable Stimulus clearly targets this issue, but the application of the new PSS standard to this problem requires additional capability and usage techniques. For example, a realization layer that provides OS-like features, and an abstract configuration mechanism has proven important in these flows. We will discuss practical implementations of this shift left approach and show how PSS augmented with the right capabilities can significantly simplify and accelerate the entire process.

Speaker Bio: Dave Kelf, is responsible for all aspects of Breker’s marketing activities, strategic programs and channel management. Dave most recently served as vice president of worldwide marketing solutions at formal verification provider OneSpin Solutions. Earlier, Kelf was president and CEO of Sigmatix, Inc. He worked in sales and marketing at Cadence Design Systems, and was responsible for the Verilog and VHDL verification product lines.

As vice president of marketing at Co-Design Automation and then Synopsys, Kelf oversaw the successful introduction and growth of the SystemVerilog language, before running marketing for Novas Software, noted for the Verdi product line, which became Springsoft and is now part of Synopsys.Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Computer Systems

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