Sunday, January 25, 2015

The 4th C in Verification

The 3C’s of verification i.e. Constraints, Checkers & Coverage have been playing an important role enabling faster verification closure. With growing complexity and shrinking market windows it is important to introduce the 4th C that can be a game changer in actually differentiating your product development life cycle. Interestingly the 4th C is less technical but highly effective in results. It is agnostic to the tool or flow or methodology but if introduced and practiced diligently would surely result in multi-fold returns. Since verification claims almost 70%of the ASIC design cycle, it is evident that timely sign off on DV would be the key to faster time to market of the product. Yes, the 4th C I am referring to is Collaboration!

UVM demonstrates a perfect example of collaboration within the verification fraternity to converge on a methodology that benefits everyone. Verification today spreads beyond RTL simulations to high level model validation, virtual platform based design validation, analog model validation, static checks, timing simulations, FPGA prototyping/emulation and post silicon validation. What this means is that we need to step out and collaborate with different stakeholders enabling faster closure.

The first & foremost being the architecture team, RTL designers & analog designers who conceive the design and realize it in some or the other form and many a times fall short of accurate documentation. The architecture team can help to a large extent in defining the context under which theverification needs to be carried out thereby narrowing down the scope. With a variety of tools available, the DV teams can work closely with designers to clean the RTL removing obvious issues that otherwise would stall simulation progress. Further, assertion synthesis and coverage closure would help in closing the verification at different levels smoothly. Working with analog designers can help tune the models and their validation process wrt the circuit representation of the design. This enables faster closure of designs that see increased scope of analog on silicon.

Next are the tools that we use. It is important to collaborate with the EDA vendors in not just being the user of the tool but working closely with them in anticipating the challenges expected in the next design and be early adopters of the tools to flush the flows and get ready for the real drill. Similarly, joining hands with the IP & VIP vendors is equally crucial. Setting up right expectations with the IP vendors on the deliverables from verification view point i.e. coverage metrics, test plans, integration guide, integration tests etc. would help in faster closure on SoC verification. Working with VIP vendors to define how best to leverage the VIP components, sequences, tests & coverage etc. at block and SoC level avoids redundant efforts and help in closing verification faster.

The design service providers augment the existing teams bringing the required elasticity to the project needs or take up ownership of derivatives and execute them. These engineers are exposed to a variety of flows and methodologies while contributing to different projects. They can help in introducing efficiency to the existing ways of accomplishing tasks. Auditing existing flows and porting the legacy environment to better ones is another way these groups can contribute effectively if partnered aptly.

Finally the software teams that bring life to the HW we verify. In my last blog I highlighted the need for HW & SW teams to work more closely and how verification teams acts as a bridge between the two. Working closely with the SW teams can improve reusability and eliminate redundancies in the efforts.

Collaboration today is the need of the hour! We need to be open to recognize the efforts put in by different stakeholders from the ecosystem to realize a product. Collaboration improves reuse and avoids a lot of wasted efforts in terms of repeated work or incorrect understanding of intent. Above all, the camaraderie developed as part of this process would ensure that any or all these folks are available at any time to jump in the hour of need to cover for unforeseen effects of Murphy’s law.

Drop in your experiences & views with collaboration in the comments section.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

HW - SW : Yes, Steve Jobs was right!

The start of the year marked another step forward towards the NEXT BIG THING in semiconductor space with a fleet of companies showcasing interesting products at CES in Las Vegas. In parallel, the VLSI conference 2015 at Bangalore also focused on Internet of Things with industry luminaries sharing their views and many local start-ups busy demonstrating their products. As we march forward to enable everything around us with sensors, integrating connectivity through gateways and associated analytics in the cloud, the need for lower form factors, low power, efficient performance and high security at lowest possible cost in limited time is felt more than ever. While there has been a remarkable progress in SoC development targeting these goals, the end product landing with the users doesn’t always reflect the perceived outcome. What this means is, we are at a point where HW and SW cannot work in silos anymore and they need multiple degrees of collaborations.

To enable this next generation product suites, there is a lot of debate going around the CLOSED & OPEN source development. Every discussion refers to the stories of Apple vs Microsoft/Google or iOS vs Android etc. While an open source definitely accelerates development in different dimensions, we all would agree that some of the major user experiences were delivered in a closed system. Interestingly, this debate is more philosophical! At a fundamental level, the reason for closed development was to ensure the HW and SW teams are tightly bound – a doctrine strongly preached by Steve Jobs. From an engineering standpoint, with limited infrastructure available around that time, a closed approach was an outcome of this thought process. Today, the times have changed and there are multiple options available at different abstraction levels to enable close knitting of HW and SW. 

To start with, the basic architecture exploration phase of partitioning the HW and SW can be enabled with the virtual platforms. With the availability of high level models one can quickly build up a desired system to analyze the bottlenecks and performance parameters. There is work in progress to bring power modelling at this level for early power estimation. A transition to cycle accurate models on this platform further enables early software development in parallel to the SoC design cycle. 

Once the RTL is ready, the emulation platforms accelerate the verification cycle by facilitating the testing to be carried out with the external devices imitating real peripherals. This platform also enables the SW teams to try out the code with the actual RTL that would go onto the silicon. The emulators support performance and power analysis that further aid in ensuring that the target specification for the end product is achieved. 

Next, the advancements in FPGA prototyping space finally gives the required boost to have the entire design run faster ensuring that the complete OS can be booted with use-cases running much ahead of the Si tape-out providing insurance to the end product realization.

This new generation of EDA solutions are enabling the bare metal software development to work in complete conjunction with the hardware thereby exploiting every single aspect of the later. It is the verification team that is morphing itself into a bridge between the HW and SW team enabling the SHIFT LEFT in the product development cycle. While the industry pundits can continue to debate over the closed vs open philosophy, the stage is all set to enable HW SW co-development in a given proximity under either of these cases.

As Steve Jobs believed, the differentiation between a GOOD vs GREAT product is the tight coupling of the underlying HW with the associated SW topped with simplicity of use. Yes, Steve Jobs was right and today we see technology enabling his vision for everyone!

Wish you & your loved ones a Happy and Prosperous 2015!

Disclaimer: The thoughts shared are an individual opinion of the author and not influenced by any corporate.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top 10 DV events of 2014
The semiconductor industry while growing at a modest rate is at crossroads to define the next killer category of products. The growth in the phone and tablet segment is bound to follow the footsteps of PC industry. IoT (Internet of Things) has been the buzzword but clear definition of the road map is still fuzzy. Infrastructure as always would continue to grow due to the insatiable appetite for faster connectivity and explosion in the amount of data coming in with cloud computing. Irrespective of the product definitions the need for increased functionality on smaller die size with low power and faster time to market at low cost would prevail. To respond to this demand, the DV community has been gearing up in small steps and some of those important ones were taken in 2014. As the stage is getting ready to bid farewell to 2014 and welcome the New Year, let’s have a quick recap of these events in no particular order –

1. UVM 1.2 - A final version of Universal Verification Methodology, was released by Accellera for public review before taking it forward for IEEE standardization. This finally marks an end to the methodology war and resulting confusion. 

2. PSPWG – While UVM has been an anchor for IP verification and reuse, verification of complex scenarios at SoC level is still a challenge particularly when multiple processors are involved and we are looking for reuse across compute platforms. Portable Stimulus Proposed Working Group kicked off this year bringing in stakeholders across the industry to brainstorm on a Unified Portable Stimulus definition as a potential answer to the SoC verification challenge.

3. Formal – Cadence buys Jasper for $170m claiming the largest formal R&D team on the planet. It is expected to help the customers further wherein integration of best of formal technologies from either side would combine and complement the simulation and emulation platforms. 

4. Verification Cockpit – Another interesting shift seen with major EDA vendors is pulling all verification solutions under one umbrella. This includes simulation, emulation, prototyping, formal, coverage, debug and VIPs etc. This is an important step for future SoCs wherein the DV engineer can use the best solution for a given problem to achieve faster verification sign-off.

5. Emulation – The wait was finally over where emulation solutions found wide adoption across the industry. This year witnessed that emulation is no more a luxury but a necessity to meet product schedule by accelerating verification turnaround and enabling the shift left in the product development cycle.  

6. DVCON – This year marked another milestone where in DVCON expanded its reach with Accellera sponsoring DVCON India and DVCON Europe providing an excellent platform for engineers to connect and share their experiments and experiences.

7. AMS – Mentor Graphics acquired Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., bringing in the required flow addressing analog, mixed-signal, and RF circuit verification.  This move is a step to integrate a fairly focused solution with the existing expertise at Mentor to address the next generation verification challenges that would unfold as analog claims more % on silicon. 

8. VIP – This year going with VIP solutions was a no brainer. The pitch of buy vs sell is long gone and industry has embraced third party VIPs with open arms. For a change, non occurrence of any major event in VIP domain was itself an event!

9. X prop – Another solution in verification that created much steam is the X-prop solution from all vendors to enable weeding out the functional X-s from the design at RTL level. This helped many projects reduce the turnaround time spent with GLS.

10. Standards Accellera announced revision of few other standards that include SystemC core language (SystemC 2.3.1) an update to the standard released in 2011 focusing on transaction level modelling, SystemC verification library (SCV 2.0) containing implementation of the verification extensions and Verilog-AMS 2.4 that includes extensions to benefit verification, behavioral modelling and compact modelling.

I hope you had an eventful 2014 with different tools, flows and methodologies. Drop in a comment with what you felt was most interesting in 2014 as we welcome 2015 and the events that would unfold with time.

Wish you all a Happy and Eventful 2015!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Verification and Firecrackers

Last week, the festive season in India was at its peak with celebrations everywhere. Yes, it was Diwali - the biggest and the brightest of all festivals.
Diwali aka Deepawali means a 'row of lights' (deep = light and avali = a row). It’s the time when every house, every street, every city, the whole country is illuminated with lights, filled with aroma of incense sticks, delicious food and sounds of fire-crackers all around. People rejoice paying their obeisance to the Gods for showering health, wealth and prosperity. For many, besides the lights & food, it the crackers that is of supreme interest. The variety ranges from the ones that lighten the floors and the sky to the once that generate a lot of sound. On the eve, while everyone was busy in full ecstasy an interesting observation caught my attention initiating the neurons in my brain to connect it to verification resulting into this post.

The Observation

While enjoying, typically the groups get identified based on age or preference for firecrackers. Usually the younger ones are busy with the stuff that sparkles while the elder ones get a kick with the noisy ones. A few are in transition from light to the sound with some basic items. The image below shows a specific type of firecrackers both bundled and dismantled. 

                                                          Source : Google (

The novices were busy with the single ones bursting one at a time. A hundred of such pieces would probably take 50 minutes or so almost linearly progressing. If one of them didn’t burst, they would actually probe and see that it worked or threw it. On the other hand the grownups were occupied with the bundled ones that once fired would go on till all of them gave out the resulting light and sound. More the no. of pieces, the longer it would take but the time was much less then releasing individual pieces. It was hard to identify if a 100 pieces bundle actually resulted in 100 sounds or not but overall the effect was better.

The Connection

Observing the above, I could quickly connect it to the learning we have been through as verification engineers. It was directed tests initially wherein we would develop one test at a time and get it going. The total time to complete all the tests was quite linear and for limited number of tests the milestones were visible. Slowly we incorporated randomness into verification where a bundle of tests could run in a regression hitting different features quickly. The run time is dependent on the no. of times the tests run in random regression. Yes, this also results in redundancy but the gains are more especially if the no. of targets is more. 

The Conclusion

As for the firecrackers, the novices playing with individual ones may move to the bundles next year – a natural progression! This is an important conclusion as it demonstrates the learning steps for verification engineers too. Knowing SV & UVM is good but that doesn’t make one a verification engineer. A verification engineer needs to have a nose for bugs and develop code that can hit them fast and hard. This learning is hidden in working on directed tests initially and transitioning to constrained random thereafter. You would appreciate the power of the latter in a better way!

Try extrapolating it more to different aspects of verification and I am sure you would find the connections all throughout. Drop in a comment on your conclusions!

Disclaimer: The intention of the blog is not to promote bursting crackers. There are different views on the resulting pollution and environment hazards that the reader can view on the web and make an individual choice.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Moving towards Context Aware Verification (CAV)

The race between predictions vs. achievement of Moore’s law has had multi-fold impact on the semiconductor industry. Reuse has come to the rescue both from the design and verification viewpoint to help teams achieve added functionality on a given die size. This phenomenon lead to the proliferation of IP & VIP market. Standardization of interfaces further enables this move by shifting the product differentiation towards architecture and limited proprietary blocks. To enable continued returns and cater to different application segments, the IP needs to be highly configurable. 

Verifying such flexible IP is a challenge; integrating it for a given application and ensuring that it works, further complicates the problem. Given that verification already claims majority of the design cycle efforts, it is important to optimize on the resources, be it tool licenses, simulation platform or engineer’s bandwidth. A focused attempt is required so as to ensure that every effort converges towards the end application i.e. the context in which the design would be used irrespective of the flexibility that the silicon offers. This refers to the subject Context Aware Verification (CAV)!

Verification space has been experiencing substantial momentum on multiple fronts so as to fill the arsenal of the verification engineer with all sorts of tactics required for the challenges coming our way. While these developments are happening independent of each other, they seem to converge towards enabling CAV. Let’s take a quick look at some of these techniques –

Traditionally, test plan used to answer what is to be verified until constrained random entered the scene where how to verify, what to verify and when are we done needs to be addressed by the verification plan. Today verification planner tools enable us to develop executable verification plan with the flexibility to tag the features based on engineer who owns it or based on milestones or based on priorities and above all based on any other custom definition. This customization is useful to club features with reference to a particular context or configuration in which the IP can operate. With this information, the end user of the IP can channelize his efforts in a particular direction rather than wandering everywhere thereby realizing CAV in the larger scheme of things.

Apart from coverage goals that get defined as part of the vplan, there is a need of a subset of tests that would achieve these goals faster. What this means is that the test definition needs to be -
- Scalable at different levels (IP, sub system & SoC)
- Portable across platforms (constrained random for block level, directed tests for SoC verification & validation) 
- Provide a possibility of tagging the tests w.r.t. a given configuration viz a set of valid paths that the design would traverse in the context of a given application. 
Graph based verification is a potential solution to all of this. There is a need to standardize the efforts and to enable discussions in this direction Accellera has initiated Portable Stimulus Proposed Working Group. Once there is a consensus on the stimuli representation, selection of a subset of tests targeting a given configuration would further boost CAV.

With design size marching north, the simulation platform falls short in achieving verification closure in a given time. A variety of emulation (HW acceleration or prototyping) platforms provide an excellent option to speed up this process based on the design requirements. While the verification teams benefit from the simulation acceleration, these boxes also help in early software development and validation. The shift left approach in the industry is enabling basic bring up of OS and even simulating real time apps on these platforms much before the silicon is back. Ability to run the end software on the RTL brings further focus and is an important step towards achieving CAV.

Once all these technologies reach maturity a combined solution would bring in the required focus in the context of the end application. 

As Chris Anderson said – In the world of infinite choice, context – not content – is king!

Our designs with myriad configurations are no different. It is the context that would bring in convergence faster making those products that follow this flow as king!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

DVCON India 2014 : Event Recap!

It’s been a week and we are still receiving messages and emails on the success of the first edition of DVCON in India. The campaign kicked off a few months back and the team put in relentless efforts for the success of this event. There was an overwhelming response from the ESL and DV community once the call for abstracts got announced. Panelists in both the tracks conducted multiple reviews for every paper and after long discussions the chosen ones were intimated for the presentations. The content of the papers were a clear indication of the quality of work and due diligence that is put in by engineers in this geography. Abstracts were submitted from authors outside India too and many traveled to present it on Sept 25-26 2014.

When I reached early morning the corridors, the halls and the stage were all set to kick start the 2 days filled with learning, sharing and networking. While the registrations (paid) prior to the event indicated expected numbers, scores of spot registrations further added the icing to the cake. Interestingly, the halls were full by 9:30 AM and the program kicked off in time with the lamp lighting ceremony and welcome note from Umesh Sisodia – Chair DVCON India 2014. Dr. Walden C. Rhines – CEO Mentor Graphics mesmerized the crowd with his keynote on 'Accelerating EDA innovation through SoC designmethodology convergence'. We couldn’t have asked for a better start! Next, Dr.Mahesh Mehendale - CTO, MCU at Texas Instruments threw an excellent insight on 'Challenges in the design and verification of ultra-low power “more than Moore” systems'. The mood of the conference was all set with the success of the first session. The conference bifurcated from here into ESL and DV tracks with interesting topics getting discussed as part of invited talks. During teak breaks, lunch hour and evening cocktails, the long galleries were full with chit chat between engineers, exhibitors and poster presenters. After lunch, 4 tutorials started in parallel with industry pundits talking about technologies that are into mass adoption and what to look for next. All sessions were jam packed with audience eager to ask questions during the sessions and continue that inquisitiveness till the day wrapped up with informal meetings during the cocktail.

DAY 2 witnessed the same zeal and enthusiasm. It started off with Ajeetha Kumari – Vice Chair, DVCON India 2014 welcoming the audience followed by Dennis Brophy – Vice Chairman Accellera sharing insights on different working groups within Accellera and inviting engineers to actively participate and contribute. Next was the guru Janick Bergeron – Verification fellow, Synopsys talking about 'Where is the Next Level of Verification Productivity Coming from?' The morning session wrapped up with keynote from Mr. Vishwas Vaidya – AGM, Electronics, Tata Motors discussing 'Automotive Embedded Systems: Opportunities and Challenges'. From there on, it was the papers & posters running into 4 to 5 parallel tracks with engineers sharing the challenges they faced and the solutions they discovered as part of this process. Yes there was an award for the same and the judges were none other than the audience themselves casting their vote by end of all sessions. The crowd continued to stay back anxious to know the results and participate in a series of lucky draws that followed. While a wide variety of topics got covered on DAY 2, the results were all in favor of UVM papers clearly confirming of what Dr. Wally Rhines presented as a starting point that India leads in adoption of System Verilog and UVM across the world (based on a latest survey). 

By the Day 2 evening the corridor, the halls and the stage were silent again, maybe exhausted of experiencing the 2 day long sessions, maybe enjoying the recap of the eagerness shown by  400+ delegates, maybe feeling proud of their contribution to the history for hosting the first DVCON in India.  

Many congratulations for those who were able to experience the event and be part of this historical moment. Live tweets for the event can be searched with #DVConIndia on twitter. The proceedings, photographs and videos of the event will be made available soon on the official website If you missed this year, make sure you make it for the next year event which would be surely bigger & better!!!

Yours truly presented an invited talk “...from Nostalgia to Dreams ...the journey of verification” on DAY 1. Stay tuned for a few blogs from that discussion!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DVCON India : Journey of Verification (preview)

It’s hard to tell whether it’s been 30+ years or more since the initial footsteps were taken towards this journey of verification. Whenever or wherever it took off, the caravan continues to grow. For sure it has been an exciting journey so far! The start of DVCON in India this year marks an important milestone for the troops settled in different geographies and connected with this common link we call Verification (Sid'dha-karana in the local language hindi). As an acknowledgement towards the countless efforts by each one in this journey and to celebrate the contributions of each verification engineer towards silicon success, yours truly is presenting a talk on Journey of Verification at DVCON India 2014 on Sept 25 in Bangalore.

The 2 day event touches all aspects of verification with keynotes from industry luminaries, tutorials from subject matter gurus, invited talks from domain leaders, best of the pick papers /posters, opportunity to network with the who’s who and extended exhibition hours. In this mixed bag covering all technical areas on system development and DV, I plan to share a recap of everything around verification. The story starts off introducing the basic ingredients of verification and peeps into the the need for a verification engineer, verification team and an arsenal full of tools.

After introducing the star cast, the story would move touching areas like directed verification, constrained random, the language wars, methodology wars, format wars and the conclusions on them. We quickly review the IP verification of today, aspects of SoC verification and the trends on where are we heading. The story winds up revisiting some myths that I come across talking to verification engineers and managers as part of my job. I hope this discussion would help you remember those nostalgic experiences, learn something that was always considered implicit and absorb all of it with humour.

It is an attempt to present my 2 cents on this magical world of Verification that gives us an opportunity to start out hunt for bugs everyday and try out different arms in this quest. I hope to see you join us on Sept 25-26 at Bangalore.

- If you haven’t yet registered for DVCON India 2014, here is the link.
- If you are attending DVCON India, let’s meet!
- If you want to share your exciting moments in this journey of verification drop in a comment or email me. Everyone has a story to tell.... let’s share it here!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Taking a pulse of what's going on in Verification!

The design complexity today is marching forward at an accelerated speed and its effect on verification is witnessing equal leaps and bounds. The world of verification has grown multi-fold in past 5 years across all fronts covering what all to verify, how to verify and who all required to verify. Today, conferences hosted by EDA partners are not just focusing on a simulator, a language, a methodology or a new tool and instead bringing up discussions on a plethora of topics. It seems to address this growth, Cadence decided to have the 2nd day of CDNLive India 2014 mostly targeting the DV community hosting multiple tracks on verification. With hundreds of footfalls, a mixed bag of papers on all aspects of verification, an extended exhibitor pavilion for partners along with lunch and tea sessions busy with networking, the event was truly in sync with the theme, connect... share... inspire!

A decade back all such events focussed on sharing the upgrades in tools particularly the simulator. The technology update included introduction to new features, added support for language and improved performance. Today no one talks about the simulator and instead everything around it getting integrated under a hood with features like –

  • A broad VIP catalog with added support for easy bring up of test benches for IP/SoC, compliance test suite with ready made coverage/assertions. A new class of accelerated VIPs that interface easily with the emulators giving further boost to the overall productivity.
  • Updates to power aware verification involving multiple tools (formal, simulator & emulator) with support for different power formats/versions, auto generation of relevant assertions and different aides to ease debugging these scenarios.
  • How to model analog blocks to achieve high performance with electrical accuracy as part of the AMS support. Different languages supporting model development, coverage driven verification to validate these models and reuse of the environment when integrated with digital blocks.
  • A portfolio of formal apps that can accomplish the job of static checks related to connectivity, power, registers, X-prop, protocol compliance checks etc.
  • Improved support for IPXACT based flows to enable register modelling, register verification and interface connectivity promoting IP reuse with minimum issues.
  • Integrated support for coverage collection and merging across different levels (IP, sub system & SoC) of verification involving different tools or flows used to achieve verification closure.
  • Verification management featuring executable verification plans, regression management, triaging and analysis with different views based on user’s role in the project.
  • Added debug tools and support to view the transactions, filter or play around back and forth with the simulation logs.
  • Hardware accelerators with improved capacity, performance and features that enable detailed debugging, power aware support, assertions and coverage.
  • Prototyping platforms/emulators and how they enable boot up with android etc. much before the silicon arrives.
  • Improved Virtual platforms and models in sync with the above to enable early software development thereby shifting the whole product development cycle to the left.
  • Performance analysis of SoC confirming architecture stability or assisting in exploring alternates promptly.

Yes! Verification has evolved into a GODZILLA beyond the control of one HVL, one methodology and one simulator. The rules of the game have changed and the industry is responding faster than ever to this change. Observing all these changes I recollect the topic EDA360 introduced by Cadence to the industry back in 2010. While the terminology might have lost its steam, the essence of the idea seems to have realized quite a lot since then. For those who missed reading about it please refer to the below posts summarizing EDA360. Believe me it’s worth reading!

Do you agree that the current state is in sync with EDA360? Leave a comment!

If you have missed out to any of these events, don’t miss to attend DVCON India 2014 on Sept 25, 26. Registrations now open.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Design and Verification Conference popularly known as DVCON is beginning to flex its muscles and move out of Silicon Valley to reach your friendly neighborhood this year. Yes, DVCON will be hosting the conference at Bangalore, India and Munich, Germany in 2014 on top of the already concluded conference at San Jose, California. This blog post is a quick refresher about the event for fellow engineers who have been busy solving the most intricate verification challenges in the trenches unknowingly that a platform does exist to discuss those puzzles and hear out how the community is handling them while sharing their solutions. It’s an avenue promoting collaboration among the design and verification community without a bias for a particular tool, flow or methodology. It’s a forum where everyone, a novice or a guru, a student or a professional, a beginner or an expert come together to discuss the takeaways that can be implemented as soon as they hit their work stations. It’s a place where you learn, discuss, network, collaborate and connect.....and this time it’s HERE (Bangalore & Munich)!


It’s been 25 years in the spirit and 10 years to the name for this conference. The origin can be traced back to late 80s when VHDL started picking up; the user community started meeting twice a year under VUG (VHDL users group) leading to a conference by the name VIUF (VHDL International User Forum). Around the same time Verilog too gained user traction leading to IVC (International Verilog Conference) in early 90s. While the two events continued to serve the respective communities, they joined hands in 1997 giving way to IVC/VIUF conference later termed as HDLCon. Finally in 2003, HDLCon became DVCON giving it a legacy of 25 years and a brand that continues to evolve for a decade now. In 2014, it extends the reach to India and Europe.


ISCUG (Indian SystemC User’s Group) has been hosting an event with focus to accelerate adoption of SystemC as an open source standard for ESL design for past 2 years. This platform now morphs into DVCON India, a 2-day conference in Bangalore on Sept 25-26 2014 running Design Verification and ESL track in parallel.  In words of the committee, DVCon India is an attempt to bring a vendor-neutral international Design and Verification conference closer to home for the benefit of the broader engineering community. An excellent platform to share knowledge, experience and best practices covering ESL, Design & Verification for IP and SOC, VIP development and Virtual Prototyping for Embedded Software development and debug. The conference provides multiple opportunities to interact with industry experts delivering keynote speeches, invited talks, tutorials, panel discussions, technical paper presentations, poster sessions and exhibits from ecosystem partners.

Call for abstracts – submission deadline JULY 21st, 2014.
Registrations soon to be opened.

DVCON Europe

A new chapter for the Design and Verification community in Europe starts at Munich, Germany this year on Oct 14-15, 2014. The focus of the conference would be on Electronic System Level (ESL), Verification & Validation, Analog/Mixed-Signal, IP reuse, Design Automation, and Low Power design and verification. To know more about what you’ll see at the conference hear it in the words of Martin Barnasconi, General Chair DVCON Europe here.

Call for abstracts – submission deadline over.
Registrations – Open.

This new move from Accellera Systems Initiative opens up opportunities for thousands of engineers who have benefited from the proceedings of DVCON for a long time to get involved, contribute and learn for a better tomorrow. As Benjamin Franklin rightly said,

Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.

An excellent opportunity for all of us to get involved & learn!