Conference:Formal Verification 2015 (click here to see full programme)
Speaker:Prof. Ashish Darbari, Leader of Advanced Verification Methodology Group
Organisation:Imagination Technologies Limited
Presentation Title:The Ten Myths About Formal
Abstract:Validation and Verification (V&V) costs nearly 70% of the overall DV effort by most industry estimates. Predictability and quality of V&V are two key challenges facing most of the semi-conductor industry, further exacerbated by the ever decreasing time-to-market pressures enforced by OEMs. Better planning, requirements engineering, consistent reviews, and sign-off are all key enablers to address the V&V challenges. Key decisions made in the use (or not) of verification methods can make a big impact on all the key enablers and the overall predictability and quality. Formal techniques have been in use in industry for more than 25 years, however its use has been chequered by several myths that surround it. Its successful use in deriving maximum ROI is often gated by unnecessary myths about what it is and isn’t capable of. This has the negative impact on its adoption and as a consequence affects the overall V&V both in quality and predictability. In this talk I will outline the ten most common myths I’ve encountered and I’ll share my views on them.
BiographyProfessor Ashish Darbari works in Imagination leading the efforts to consolidate and disseminate the knowledge and skills in best practices of formal. He leads the Advanced Verification Methodology (AVM) Group at Imagination where through verification consulting, hands-on project work, and grounds-up innovation his team is helping multiple internal customers in different business units, across Imagination’s different sites world-wide. Professor Darbari has been actively contributing as a professional for the past 13 years through peer-reviewed publications, tool development, and building advanced methodologies for large-scale hardware verification in industry. He is a Senior Member of ACM and has over 20 papers in the field of formal, and filed 10 patents. Since March 2015, he is a “Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor” at the University of Southampton.

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