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Verification Metrics Panel Discussion

Earlier in the week I wrote about the presentations that were given at the DV Club luncheon here in Austin.  Dave Williamson from ARM, Sanjay Gupta from IBM, and Shahram Salamian from Intel gave interesting talks on the types of verification metrics they've used on recent projects and issues they've faced when communicating those metrics with management.  Afterward, the speakers took questions from the audience:

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Trying Out Full Posts In Feed

Several months ago I switched from providing full posts in my RSS feed to excerpts - primarily because I didn't have any way to track if anyone was actually reading the posts.  In readers such as Thunderbird it really doesn't make too much difference since Thunderbird went out and automatically fetched the web page each time someone wanted to read a particular post.  However, other web-based readers such as the Google Reader just show the summary text and require the user to click on a link to see the full site.  That seems like a pain. Plus, people reading the blog through the email subscription service were only receiving a snippet of the text of any given article.  Both of these issues should be resolved.

The only drawbacks to the new approach seem to be it's possible someone may miss an update I make to a post after it's already been read out of the feed and it's not possible to see comments without clicking through to the site.  Though there are at least 30 subscribers to my feed and almost a couple thousand page hits per month these days y'all don't seem to be a very talkative bunch, so I'm not going to stress about it too much!  Let me know if anyone has thoughts one way or the other. 

Local DV Managers Share Thoughts On Verification Metrics

Today I attended the fourth Austin DV Club luncheon. Speakers from ARM, IBM, and Intel gave short talks on the types of verification metrics they've used on recent projects.  Afterward, they participated in a panel discussion and took questions from the audience.  The speakers were Dave Williamson from ARM, Sanjay Gupta from IBM, and Shahram Salamian from Intel. 

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Creating Corporate Standards? Beware...

As chip design organizations grow and mature, they inevitably start to look at creating a global set of standard tools and methodologies.  There are several benefits to this approach, but there are some major drawbacks that need to be taken into account when developing a corporate strategy for design and verification.

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Feed Changes and Email Subscriptions!

FYI... for those of you who subscribe to my RSS feed, you may notice a few changes.  Typepad has recently added support for integration with Feedburner.  The URL shouldn't change, but the way the feed shows up in your browser/mail reader/etc might.  Based on my testing this evening, there may be some bizarre behavior if you've subscribed to the feed using the auto-discovery method (using instead of if you have trouble accessing individual articles in the feed please let me know ASAP!

Also, for those of you who aren't impressed by the whole Web 2.0 concept, I've added the ability for folks to subscribe to Cool Verification via email.  The subscription service is managed by Feedburner.  You'll only receive mail when I post a new article to Cool Verification, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Python as an HVL?

These days it seems Python is all the rage.  I've been looking into ways to build dynamic web content using Plone - a Python-based Content Management System (CMS).  Since Plone is written in Python I've been attempting to familiarize myself with the language. I've also been trying to understand what the point was of knowing yet another way to write "Hello World".

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