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What Can Formal Do For Me?

Conference: Verification Futures 2023 (click here to see full programme)
Speaker: Doug Smith
Presentation Title: What Can Formal Do For Me?

We know formal can prove things, but where do we apply it? Did you know you can use formal to generate simulation testbenches for covering coverage holes or have it visualize your design without writing a single line of testbench code? Formal can be used for identifying metastability, X propagation, fault propagation and detection, equivalence, and so much more. In this tutorial session, we'll have a look at the many ways formal helps out your design verification process

Speaker Bio:

Doug Smith is a verification engineer and instructor for Doulos based in the Austin Texas area with expertise in UVM and formal technologies. He has been using formal technology for several decades, performing formal verification on many kinds of designs and formal applications. Likewise, he has provided formal application support at both Jasper and Mentor/Siemens EDA.

At Mentor/Siemens EDA, he served as a formal specialist and verification consultant, where he provided both formal consulting and developed an automotive functional safety formal app for performing formal fault campaigns. At Doulos, he delivers training in verification methodologies like UVM, SystemVerilog, and formal technology.

Doug holds a masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelors degree in Physics and Biology from Northern Kentucky University. Currently, he resides in Paige Texas with his wife and family on a small farm where he raises bees, cows, horses, chickens, and pigs and loves driving a tractor.

Key Points:
  • Formal complements traditional simulation-based verification
  • Formal has many uses and applications
  • Anyone can take advantage of formal
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