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DVCon Europe 2017 & Accellera’s SystemC Evolution Day. 16-18 October, Munich Germany.

The Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) Europe is the leading European event covering the application of languages, tools and intellectual property for the design and verification of electronic systems and integrated circuits and is sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative.

Mike Bartley
Founder & CEO, TVS

As a member of the DVCon Europe Technical Steering Committee I’m delighted to share some details of this year’s event, which includes the 2nd edition of Accellera’s “SystemC Evolution Day”.  This spinoff from DVCon Europe will take place on the 18th October at the Technical University of Munich.

DVCon Europe At-A-Glance

Highlights of the DVCon program include Keynotes on Monday from Mr. Horst Symanzik from Bosch Sensortech “Consumer MEMS Products: Quality rather than Commodity” and Mr. Berthold Hellenthal from Audi on Tuesday about “Driving Virtual Prototyping of Automotive Electronics.”

There are Panels on “The Best Tools for Driving Safety and Security in Automotive Applications” and “Intelligent Automation: How to Decide What to and What not to Automate?

For the first time, DVCon Europe will also feature a 5G special interest session, with industry experts from Intel, Nokia and Rohde&Schwarz, who will provide insights on the path to 5G, highlight Spectrum opportunities and challenges, and offer also a Test & Measurement perspective for the emerging next generation of cellular communication.

The DVCon keynotes, papers, presentations and panels unite the practical application of state-of-the-art design and verification techniques, applied to a broad mixture of different domains. Primary areas of this year’s program include System Level, Virtual Prototyping, Advanced Verification with UVM and Formal, Design for Functional Safety, IP Reuse, Mixed-Signal and Low Power Techniques.

SystemC Evolution Day 2017

The SystemC Evolution Day is a full-day technical workshop on the evolution of SystemC standards to advance the SystemC ecosystem. This is the second event after a successful first edition in May 2016.  In several in-depth sessions, current and future standardization topics around SystemC will be discussed in order to accelerate their progress for Accellera and IEEE standard’s inclusion.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Technical University of Munich
  • FREE to Attend (Registration Required)
  • Additional Information


Can Formal Verification Help Make Robotic Assistants Trustworthy?

Dr Clare Dixon from the University of Liverpool to present keynote address at Formal Verification 2017 – sharing her experiences from the EPSRC-funded Trustworthy Robot Assistants project

June 1st 2017,  Bristol, UK. – Test and Verification Solutions (T&VS) today announced details of the keynote presentation and the full program of technical presentations and panel discussion for Formal Verification 2017 (FV2017). Now in its Fifth successful year FV2017 is organised by T&VS and is Europe’s premier forum dedicated to discussing the application of Formal-based techniques to the verification and validation of complex SOCs, embedded hardware and software.

FV2017 is a one-day, free-to-attend conference that takes place in Reading, UK on Tuesday 27 June 2017. It is also available as a simulcast webinar.

“Once again, we have a very strong program and I’m especially pleased to have Dr Clare Dixon from the University of Liverpool join us to provide the keynote and to share her perspective on Robotic Assistants and what we need to do to ensure they are reliable, safe and trustworthy.” said Mike Bartley, CEO and Founder of T&VS. “Clare has over 20 years’ experience working in Formal and her award winner paper “The Fridge Door is Open” sets the scene for what we can expect.”

Keynote Details

Technical Presentations

Additional Information

For additional information and to register please visit:

FV2017 is free to attend and is made possible through the support of its sponsors: Cadence, Mentor, Onespin Solutions, Synopsys and T&VS.

About T&VS

T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions Ltd) provides services and products to organisations developing complex products in the microelectronics and embedded systems industries. Such organisations use T&VS to verify their hardware and software products, employ industry best practice and manage peaks in development and testing programmes. T&VS’ embedded software testing services includes onsite/offshore testing support including assistance with safety certification and security testing. T&VS hardware verification services include onsite/offshore verification support and training in advanced verification methodologies. T&VS also offers Verification IPs and its own Verification (EDA) signoff tool.

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See T&VS at DVCon Europe 2015 : 11-12 November, Munich.

dvconlogo-site-top-a1After a very successful launch in 2014, we can now look forward to an even bigger and better DVCon Europe 2015 in Munich on November 11-12.

Sponsored by the Accellera Systems Initiative, DVCon is a long established event in the USA but now also runs in Europe and India, with DVCon Europe rapidly establishing itself as the major European Design and Verification conference.  Definitely the place to be – to find out more visit the DVCon Europe 2015 website.

T&VS Participation at DVCon Europe

At this year’s event T&VS will be presenting a tutorial, participating in a panel, chairing the poster session, presenting a poster as well as exhibiting.

  • Tutorial: Verifying Functional, Safety and Security Requirements (for Standards Compliance)
  • Panel: The Functional Verification Roadmap: Where will we be in Five Years?
  • Poster: A SystemC-based UVM Verification Infrastructure
  • Exhibiting: Stand F2

If you’re visiting DVCon Europe please check out these two sessions and come along to our stand for the latest solution demos and announcements; including the latest updates to asureSIGN, our leading-edge leading Requirements Driven Verification tool – or simply stop by for a chat, it will be great to meet you.

Session Details

Title: Verifying Functional, Safety and Security Requirements (for Standards Compliance)
When: Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Where: Forum 8
Presenters Mike Bartley, Test and Verification Solutions, United Kingdom.
Dave Kelf, OneSpin Solutions, USA.
Tutorial Abstract: Markets such as automotive, avionics, nuclear, medical, rail, industrial, etc. require compliance to stringent development standards to ensure the devices are safe. As the devices become increasingly connected then security also becomes increasingly important. The standards require developers to minimise errors in such devices and to also ensure that the device can recover safely from any errors.Errors in such devices can come from two main sources: systematic design errors introduced during the development process; random physical errors occurring in the field. Both types of error need to be addressed – the former is addressed through mandating stringent development practices and the latter through error detection and correction mechanisms.The types of development practices mandated vary according to the safety integrity level assessed for the device but all safety levels mandate that requirements are properly captured and traced through development to verification.

In this tutorial we consider how functional, safety and security requirements can be traced to verification tasks and then subsequently signed off. The tutorial will cover the following topics in detail:

  • Defining safety requirements related to ECC (Error Code Correction) mechanisms through identifying assertions and proving them using formal property checking.
  • Identifying security requirements (such as privileged accesses to memory), translating them into assertions that can be checked in simulation.
  • Demonstrating how all requirements can be traced through feature analysis to a verification plan and how that can be traced through to verification execution and thus resulting in a proof of implementation for conformance to development standards.
Title The Functional Verification Roadmap: Where will we be in Five Years?
When: Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 15:30 – 17:00
Where: Forum 8
Overview Engineers are confronted with a confusing array of functional verification options and emerging standards. This 90-minute tutorial panel will consider and predict various areas of advancements required in functional verification for the next five years. Issues to be discussed include the creation of an effective flow with tools from many sources, the collection and leverage of metrics to measure progress, the impact of safety-critical device verification, and increased software content. Experts in these different areas will consider questions, such as the effectiveness of existing standards, including UVM, SystemC and UCIS, and the likely evolutionary paths of verification flows.Join moderator (to be named) and distinguished verification leaders with European connections who will represent an accurate picture of what progress has been made and what is still missing in functional verification. They will attempt to sort out which standards are gaining momentum and recommend a sensible way to develop a functional verification strategy to manage today’s challenges. Audience participation in the debate is welcome.Each panelist will deliver a 5-7 minute technical talk, including practical examples and user experiences. After the presentations, panelists will interact with the audience to discuss and debate the presented material, challenges and address next-generation solutions. Recommendations for future developments are expected.
Panelists and Topics
  • Kick-off Presentation: General overview of verification with an emphasis on Planning and Metrics
    Mike Bartley,  President and CEO, T&VS.
  • A practical look at the latest developments in hardware emulation, including its use in hardware/software verification
    Lauro Rizzatti, Verification and hardware emulation expert.
  • Evolving formal techniques for mainstream verification, including high-end, safety-critical applications
    Dr Raik Brinkmann, President and CEO
    OneSpin Solutions.
  • Optimizing a multi-facetted verification environment
    Colin McKellar, Senior Director of Hardware Engineering
    Imagination Technologies and  Chairman Accellera UCIS Committee.
  • Driving a new level of verification excellence for safety-critical designs
    Dr. Holger Busch, Senior Staff Engineer, Automotive Group
    Infineon Technologies.
Title A SystemC-based UVM Verification Infrastructure
When: Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 12:45 – 13:45
Where: Forum 8
Presenters Mike Bartley and Harshavardhan Narla
Test and Verification Solutions, United Kingdom.

AESIN 2015 – Ensuring Automotive System Integrity through Advanced Software Verification

The rising tide of opportunities for electronics in the automotive brings with it various technical hurdles not the least of which is ensuring system integrity. Consider for example ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) where the operating environments are so complex and so diverse that traditional approaches no longer scale.

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“Challenges and Traps in UVM adoption” at DVClub, Bangalore on 2 September

At DVClub, Bangalore on 2 September, Rambabu Maddali from Audience Communications will present on “Challenges and Traps in UVM adoption”. If you are a verification professional working on UVM, you cannot afford to miss this presentation!

This presentation will highlight System Verilog based Constrained Random Verification methodologies which have been talked about for the last 9+ years.  However, only after UVM introduction, majority of the verification teams started to adopt the methodology in rapid manner.  This topic will also highlight the motivations for moving to UVM from existing Verilog based verification environments and the challenges/benefits of the migration process.

Plan now to join us at the event and do not miss this opportunity to network with fellow verification professionals. Registration is completely free and webinar registrations are open too.

Call for Papers for next Europe DVClub focused on Performance Verification

The next Europe DVClub on Monday September 8th has a focus on Performance Verification (note this is verifying performance of the DuT or SoC – not improving verification performance). We currently have talks on using SystemC to verify performance and by Nick Heaton of Cadence on verifying SoC performance. But we are looking for additional speakers – especially user papers please.

If you have something to say then please contact [email protected] with your idea. Remember we can accept remote presentations from anywhere in the world!

If you want to see some past presentations then please go to Typically there are 200+ registrations and post-event views of the slides and recording. So you can reach a wide audience with your idea.

Just contact [email protected] if you have something to say about Performance Verification.

July DVClub – An Efficient Methodology to Find Bugs with ABV

The next DVClub will be taking place on Monday, 7th July with locations in Bristol, Cambridge, Eindhoven, Grenoble, Sophia Antipolis and by Remote Access.  Laurent Arditi a Principal Engineer at ARM France will be joining the Sophia Antipolis venue to talk about ‘An Efficient Methodology to Find Bugs with ABV (Assertion Based Verification)’.

This presentation will cover how ABV is an important part of functional verification and will demonstrate how they have successfully applied ABV on different generations and classes of ARM microprocessor designs and will help managers and engineers understand how to apply ABV for good results by showing examples on recent CPUs developed by ARM to illustrate, and to “prove” ABV has a high RoI.

To find out more about Laurent and the other speakers visit the T&VS website and register for your place on the July DVClub.