Conference:Verification Futures 2015 (click here to see full programme)
Speaker:Bryan Dickman, Director Design Assurance.
Presentation Title:Can we train our designers to avoid bugs?
Abstract:Verification is well established as the biggest challenge for the delivery of high quality IP products, but can verification ever find all bugs, and what can designers do to reduce the number of bugs in RTL code by applying design-for-verification practices, and not submitting to design-by-verification?

  • Complexity is increasing beyond the capabilities of verification practices and cannot catch all bugs.
  • How can designers avoid bugs?
  • How to deploy best practices in a diverse engineering team?
BiographyBryan has over 30 years of experience in the design and verification of computer architectures, ranging from ICL Mainframes to ARM Microprocessors, and have helped to deploy verification methods and processes at ARM Ltd since joining in 1996. In recent years I have been driving best practices within the engineering teams, assisted by TVS, initially focussing on verification practices, and more recently turning to design practices.Bryan recently joined the Accellera BoD as the ARM representative.