Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics



Name:Harry Foster
Designation:Chief Verification Scientist, Mentor Graphics Corp.
Title:From Paradox to Paradise: Evolving SoC Functional Verification Capabilities


A remarkable emergence of new advanced verification techniques, methodologies, languages and new standards has occurred in the past ten years. And recent industry studies have indicated a rapid acceleration in their adoption. This is true across all types of IC design and geographic regions. Designers and verification engineers are surprisingly open to new approaches to keep pace with the relentless rise in design density.

Yet for many projects, the process of evolving a team’s functional verification capabilities presents a paradox. That is, some projects are unable to quantify the effectiveness of these new processes they put in
place-or identify opportunities for process improvement-due to the lack of process measurements. As the saying goes, if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

This presentation discusses techniques for evolving your SoC functional verification capabilities, from paradox to paradise, with the introduction of metrics-driven processes. A full set of solutions for managing,
analyzing, and automating metrics-driven processes will be described.

Biography: Harry Foster is Chief Scientist for Mentor Graphics’ Design Verification Technology Division. He holds multiple patents in verification and has co-authored six books on verification–including the 2008 Springer book Creating Assertion-Based IP. Harry was the 2006 recipient of the Accellera Technical Excellence Award for his contributions to developing industry standards, and was the original creator of the Accellera Open Verification Library (OVL) standard.

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