What is a Register and
A register and memory package is an important methodology
extension providing additional observability and controllability in complex
verification environments. For example,
in a typical processor-based system device registers are used to configure
peripherals and are most often managed by the software running in that
system. For most modern systems, a directed
test approach is out of the question so a randomized approach is needed to
configure all of the system modes that need to be tested. While the OVM is the ideal methodology in
which to build the sequences and virtual sequences needed to verify the system,
it still needs a way to reach into the DUT and configure the peripheral
registers and system memory. The
register and memory package provides that access.
Requirements for Any
Register and Memory Package
Any register and memory package must provide a set of
capabilities to enable broad adoption.
First, the package must adhere to standards to assure the same
interoperability as the host methodology.
Due to the complexity of modern systems, that means both the package
itself and the register/memory descriptions that feed it must be open. Second,
critical verification tasks including coverage, constraints, and back-door
access must be automated to seamlessly integrate the package with the host
methodology. Third, the package needs to
comprehensively support the SoC register types including direct, indirect, and
mirrored. Finally, the package must
generate IEEE standard code leveraging the host methodology and scale to
support hundreds of thousands of registers.
Open, Scalable, and
Infused with Experience
The customer-proven OVM register and memory package delivers
on all of the key requirements. Drawing
from the success and momentum of the OVM, the package is IEEE compliant with
the first implementation in SystemVerilog. Feeding the package are register and
memory descriptions captured in the standard IP-XACT XML and a converter from
XML to the package is provided with open-source deliverable. Using IP-XACT is the open format defined by SPIRIT and assures multi-vendor
interoperability of the register and memory descriptions. Within the package verification engineers
will find all of the critical technologies they need to manage registers and
memory including coverage, back-door access, constraint management, sequence
interfaces, single and multi-register manipulation, monitoring and more. Maybe most important of all, the package is
infused with more than five years of expert experience and has been validated
by skilled verification users in live projects.
Getting Started, Deploying, and the Future
package is available and open for use today. Cadence experts monitor the OVM forums, so feel free to post
questions there or send direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
for more personalized assistance.
Cadence and the OVM partners can also provide services and training to
help you deploy the package in your group and company. Consistent with the on-going evolution of the
OVM, a few different packages are available on the OVM World contribution site
further exemplifying the openness and vibrancy of the OVM ecosystem. The OVM also has a proven track record of
providing backward compatibility as it provides unified releases, so you can
confidently adopt the Cadence OVM register and memory package knowing that your
investment is protected while tapping the most experienced team and solution.
Thanks Tom, yep 2.4 has much better memory examples, sorry I didn't see that release before I posted.
I see the schema's components but no source code for building the jar file. I guess if everything works that's ok but it is always nice to have a back up plan to present (i.e. "we can always fix it ourselves").
Thanks again for pointing me to the latest release and thanks to all the developers who are contributing to make life easier for us end users.
Joe, please check the latest versions of the OVM and UVM packages to see if they have what you need:
Can you point me to an example that uses RGM for both registers and memories?
I can't find the source code for the Java utility, are you only partially releasing rgm to the community?
The UVM register package contribution can be found at: www.uvmworld.org/contributions-details.php
I apologize for the delay, but we were on holiday just about the time you posted your comment.
I can't find your UVM register package in the contributions area. I realize that your post is new as of this morning, but you did say that the package is there right now.
What am I missing?
First, the Cadence OVM package has been converted to be UVM compatible and is available from the contributions area on http://www.uvmworld.org right now.
The Accellera UVM team (VIP TSC) is working on register packages right now. That process involves collecting requirements from user companies like yours, combining them with vendor requirements like those extracted from nearly a decade of usage in vr_ad and the Cadence OVM package, and then determining which of the vendor packages best fulfills those requirements. That process will culminate at the next Accellera UVM face to face August 3 - 5 at the Cadence Chelmsford, MA R&D site with a vote to follow in the next full TSC meeting.
All of that detail just means that there will be one UVM package identified by the middle of August. The TSC will then work on implementing the missing requirements and is on track to publish the package by the end of October. The Accellera UVM roadmap is available on the UVM World site as well.
Once that package is determined, Cadence will align the e-based vr_ad. The committee has already expressed an interest in making UVM multi-language and Cadence will continue to lead in that area offering a multi-language UVM similar to the multi-language OVM we introduced in February 2009.
Sorry for the long reply, but hopefully that paints a complete picture for you.
=Adam Sherer, Cadence Product Management and Accellera VIP TSC Secretary
can you please answer to the following question:
- is this package going to be core of UVM one or not - if not, will you tune this one to be "UVM package compatibel" or you will abandon this one
- when e version of this package will be available - we do not want several reg packages in our mixed language DV VE
- will UVM version of register package is going to be there soon in e?
Thanks in advance
The reference link you provided is for the Mentor Register Package. This package does not include an XML parser and I don't know about support for backdoor acess.
Please feel free to download the latest Cadence OVM Register Package (ovm_rgm) from: www.ovmworld.org/contributions-details.php
It includes an XML parser at $OVM_RGM_HOME/builder/ipxact/ovmrgm_ipxact2sv_parser.jar
The backdoor access mechanisim is provided to do exactly what you would like. It allows access to a register/signal directly in the RTL design via a hdl_path.
Please have a look at the ovm_rgm package.
I hope this helps!
1) Can you please provide the link to the XML parser (for SV). I didnt see it in the register package (www.ovmworld.org/contributions-details.php)
2) The backdoor access mechanism is nice, but, I was wondering if it is feasible to have backdoor access to registers in RTL as well. That way the backdoor access is much more usable !