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Verification Now 2008 – Taipei and Herzliya

Yes, I know, I’m a slacker… it’s been over a month since I got back from Herzliya and wrapped up my Verification Now 2008 World Tour and I still haven’t (until now) posted photos from Taipei and Herzliya.  That’s not exactly true – the photos have been up on Flickr for a month or so now but I never had the time to write a post about them.

National Palace Museum Garden

After the seminar in Yokohama on Monday, I headed for Taipei.  I was there Tuesday afternoon through Saturday morning, and had some time to do more sightseeing than in the other seminar locations.  I also had some business meetings, including an excellent session with the SpringSoft R&D team.  It was interesting to hear about some of the new things they’re planning on adding to Verdi, and to have an opportunity to provide feedback on existing features. 

Taipei Computer Market

The seminar in Taipei was on Friday, and from my perspective it went well.  We had a good turnout, and after having a chance to practice in front of the folks in Japan, I was able to reduce the speed of my presentation to the appropriate level for an audience whose native language was not English – very important since we didn’t have a translator in Taipei. 

On Saturday, I flew from Taipei to Tel Aviv (via Seoul).

Getting on the plane from Seoul to Tel Aviv

The next day, Sunday, I had an opportunity to meet with some old colleagues at Intel Jerusalem who I used to work with via phone calls and email several years ago.  I also had a chance to briefly visit the Old City in Jerusalem for a little sight seeing. 

The Western Wall (Wailing Wall) - Jerusalem

My final presentation was at the Dan Accadia hotel in Herzliya.  The hotel is right on the beach, and the weather was great!  If you’d like to hear how the seminar itself went, check out this post from Yaron Ilani over at ThinkVerification. 

All in all, I had a great time working with Certess, Denali, and SpringSoft on the seminar series.  The best part about the whole experience (besides having an excuse to travel around the world ;-) is that I was able to prepare the material the way I saw fit, without pressure to add a lot of marketing gibberish for the sake of promoting the sponsors. 

I’d especially like to thank Michelle Clancy, president of Cayenne Communications, David Lin, VP of Marketing at Denali, and Rob van Blommestein, Marketing Communications Director at SpringSoft for all of their hard work organizing the event.  Additionally, Sean Smith, Chief Verification Archictect at Denali, provided valuable feedback on the layered stimulus generation material.  I’d also like to thank the local field teams at each of the locations who helped make the seminar a success.

Finally, I’d like to thank David Robinson for developing the Requirements Based Verification presentation and to the rest of my colleagues at Verilab who reviewed slides and sat through (many dry) dry runs.  Your assistance was, as always, greatly appreciated!

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