The question of how to integrate legacy VMM VIP into OVM verification environments is an issue on the minds of many in the verification ecosystem. Ed Sperling has written a good article on this subject.
For folks who have been tracking progress on the Accellera VIP TSC reflector, or in the meetings directly, it appears that progress is being made. Of course, that progress is possible in part because the OVM has been available as Apache-license open source since January 9, 2008, followed by the open-source release of VMM in May 28, 2008. These open-source releases made the technology available to anyone and everyone including the Accellera VIP TSC. As the committee chair has stated, interoperability is must-do activity now to unite the verification community. For our part, Cadence is working vigorously within the TSC to enable that interoperability
The article also brings to mind the OVM momentum. One thing we can all be sure of is that our community places technical excellence high above marketing messages (so says the marketing guy!). And the numbers around the OVM really speak for that momentum. Cadence and Mentor are among 50+ ecosystem partners, 5200+ registered at the OVM World, 10000+ downloads, and 200+ members of LinkedIn OVM Professionals Group. Just two weeks ago Mentor and Cadence demonstrated their continued partnership commitment by joining together on an OVM 2.0 technology update webinar. 750+ members of the community signed up for that event and more than 500 either attended live or reviewed the webinar recording on-line.
Another leading indicator of the OVM momentum is the availability of OVM compliant verification IP. Several members of the OVM ecosystem have been providing OVM compliant VIP over the past few months. More recently, Cadence announced an unprecedented expansion of its VIP portfolio. The breadth of the new set of protocols both leapfrogs the number of legacy VMM VIP protocols and offers a unique, built-in Compliance Management System (CMS) to speed integration of the OVM VIP into your Metric Driven Verification (MDV) environment. For more details on the expanded Cadence OVM VIP portfolio, go to the new landing page.
Are you part of the OVM momentum? Feel free to share your stories here or in the OVM World forums.
=Adam "multi-language" Sherilog