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Interview: Thoughts on Verification

My colleague Alex Melikian and I sat down for a chat about verification back in June. The results have been posted on the Verilab blog over the last few weeks. If you happened to miss them, you can check them out here:

Verilab is pleased to introduce “Conversations About Verification”, a monthly publication featuring a discussion on VLSI verification topics. In this inaugural edition, Verilab consultant Alex Melikian discusses first experiences and adoptions of modern verification technologies with JL Gray, Vice President and General Manager, North America of Verilab.

In part 1, JL and Alex discuss about their first experiences involving advanced verification languages and methodologies. They also discuss why and how ASIC/FPGA development centers adopt and integrate Hardware Verification Languages (HVL) and related methodologies into their workflow. In addition, they also discuss some of the impediments as to why others hesitate to make the adoption.

In part 2 of 3 of this conversation, JL and Alex talk over risks/reward involved with adopting an HVL workflow, as well as the diverging perspectives from management and engineers in a company. Also, they discuss the state of HVL technologies today and what might evolve from it next.

In part 3, JL and Alex discuss some of the methodologies, outside of, but complimentary to HVL technologies, such as continuous integration. Typical mistakes and growing pains of adopting HVL methodologies are also reviewed. Finally, JL discusses about his verification blog, along with the various discussions and debates it has generated.