Systemverilog for Verification: A Guide to Learning the by Chris Spear

By Chris Spear

Become a SystemVerilog Expert!

You can make sure advanced designs completely and fast in case you start with the appropriate instruments. This e-book teaches you the SystemVerilog constructs for verification with over three hundred examples.

Learn confirmed ideas so that you can construct testbenches that automatically generate stimulus to seize these bugs.

The SystemVerilog language comprises countless numbers of recent good points. This book exhibits you ways to take advantage of the real ones to get your activity performed. You will how one can use thoughts such as

* Interfaces and clocking blocks

* item orientated programming

* restricted random stimulus

* practical coverage

* Logical assertions

"SystemVerilog for Verification is a needs to prerequisite booklet for anyone involved within the production of SystemVerilog testbenches, as standalone or in a framework like Synopsys VMM. I think of this paintings as a golden reference because it will get into the interior use of the language and offers first-class insights into useful coding kinds. This publication fills a needed void in explaining, in a really readable demeanour and with plenty of examples and visuals, the main parts and functions of thelanguage for a verification method that helps constrained-random trying out in a transaction-based methodology."

Ben Cohen, Author/Consultant/Trainer,

Chris Spear is a Verification advisor for Synopsys, and has advised companies worldwide on testbench technique. He has trained hundreds of engineers on SystemVerilog's verification constructs.

Chris is the writer of the generally used dossier I/O PLI package deal for Verilog.

Testbenches get extra complicated. you would like this e-book to maintain up!

*** comprises over three hundred examples ***

Plus a foreword through Phil Moorby, writer of the Verilog language.

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Figure 1-5 shows the paths to achieve complete coverage. Start at the upper left with basic constrained-random tests. Run them with many different seeds. When you look at the functional coverage reports, find the holes, where there are gaps. Now you make minimal code changes, perhaps with new constraints, or injecting errors or delays into the DUT. Spend most of your time in this outer loop, only writing directed tests for the few features that are very unlikely to be reached by random tests. 9 What Should You Randomize?

You can create a “directed test” in a constrained-random environment. Simply insert a section of directed test case into the middle of or in parallel with a random sequence. The directed code performs the work you want, but the random “background noise” may cause a bug to become visible, perhaps in an unanticipated block. Figure 1-12 Full testbench with all layers Test Agent Scoreboard Checker Driver Assertions Monitor Functional Coverage Environment Generator DUT Do you need all these layers in your testbench?

See Vijayaraghavan (2005) for more guidelines on writing assertions in your testbench and design code. Just make sure that you can disable the code that stops simulation on error so that you can easily test error handling. 4 Delays and synchronization How fast should your testbench send in stimulus? Always use constrainedrandom delays to help catch protocol bugs. A test that uses the shortest delays runs the fastest, but it won’t create all possible stimulus. You can create a testbench that talks to another block at the fastest rate, but subtle bugs are often revealed when intermittent delays are introduced.

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