For some time now, IC verification engineers have been gathering at quarterly meetings in 10 cities around the world for lunch meetings that include networking and presentations. This happens through DVClub, which has new events coming up for August in Austin and Silicon Valley, and has just posted user presentations from a previous event. Here's a quick update on DVClub and some details about the latest developments.
The goal of DVClub, according to its web site, is "to have fun while helping build the verification community through quarterly educational and networking events." The club was founded by, and is organized by, Eric Hennenhoefer, with help from some 50 volunteers. Hennenhoefer is a self-described "serial entrepreneur" who founded Obsidian Software (recently acquired by ARM) and Silicon Elite, and is now director of verification enablement at ARM.
The club hosts events in Austin, Bangalore, Boston, Bristol (U.K.), Dallas, Delhi, Eindhoven (Netherlands), Research Triangle Park, San Diego, Toronto, and Silicon Valley. Membership is free and open to all non-service provider semiconductor professionals. Events generally involve lunch followed by a technical program and time for networking.
Following the Obsidian acquisition, ARM has become a sponsor of DVClub. Other sponsors are Cadence, SpringSoft, and Silicon Elite. The DVClub web site notes that "in addition to picking up most of the direct costs of our events, Cadence has been very supportive in helping DVClub with speakers and venues. Cadence has been with us since the beginning, when we thought 30 people was a lot." From personal experience I can report that a lot more than 30 people come to DVClub events now, at least in Silicon Valley.
Upcoming Lunch Events
Austin, August 15, Cool River Café
The theme is "Hands-on Verification." Doug Smith, engineer/instructor at Doulos, will present a two-part talk on the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM). It will cover the "Easier UVM" approach to using UVM, and then discuss the UVM register abstraction layer.
Silicon Valley, August 17, Dave & Buster's, Milpitas
DVClub is offering what it calls a "Verification Metrics Double Header." Greg Smith, senior verification manager at Oracle, will speak on "Using bug arrival rates to predict the future." James Roberts, senior verification engineer at Oracle, will speak on "High performance collection of coverage metrics using a relational database back end."
Newly Available Presentations
There's a wealth of information in the DVClub archives, where you'll find presentations from past events. The latest addition includes these presentations from the premier DVClub event in Delhi, India, that occurred July 6, 2011 at Cadence Design Systems India.
There's a lot more at the DVClub web site. You can join the club, get email updates, sign up for the newsletter, and browse job listings. DVClub also has regional LinkedIn groups and is active on Twitter. But the best part is the free lunch events. I'll be there in Silicon Valley Aug. 17.
Recent Cadence blog postings on DVClub events:
DVClub: Verification Users Discuss Assertion Challenges and Solutions
Video: DVCon and DVClub Case Study: NextOp's BugScope for Assertion-Based Verification (ABV)
Mars Rover Talk: Engineering In A Different World
Intel Speaker: How to Avoid "Firefighting" in Verification