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Practical Guide to Adopting the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) is
the first book published on the emerging Accellera
UVM. Written by the main authors of the user guide in the UVM release, this
book provides more details and extends the methodology to address system level
challenges. Unlike some books about earlier methodologies, it never assumes
verification engineers are sheep that can only follow simple examples.
The book starts out with the basic UVM concepts, many of
which are well known to OVM users but may be new to VMM users and others. The first few chapters introduce engineers
familiar with directed verification to object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts,
the UVM library, and the elements of a UVM verification component (UVC). If you are a novice verification engineer,
these chapters create a critical framework of knowledge enabling you to
understand both why the component is
built the way it is as well as how to
do so using illustrations and step-by-step procedures. This comes to bear in Chapter 7 where the
component is applied to a verification environment and your earlier effort
results in the simple test interface that the consumers of the UVC -- both
designers and other verification engineers -- use to create the verification
Chapters 8 through 10 then dive into more advanced concepts
including sophisticated layered protocols, applying a register
package like the example one contributed by Cadence (Accellera will provide
a UVM register package in the future, but not yet with UVM 1.0 EA), and scaling
to system-level verification using the UVM. The book concludes in Chapter 11
with a look forward to UVM 1.0, though the most current information on that
topic can be read on UVM World. With the content in this book, you will not
be a "ewe" sheepishly following simple examples, but a verification wolf ready
to devour any challenge!
The biggest value to individual project teams and the
industry is the "U" in "Universal." It's
widely understood that the UVM library is a tool from which to build verification
IP (VIP), but that VIP can be built in multiple ways. By rallying around the Universal Verification
Methodology, the ecosystem will gain consistency, reusability, and scalability
critical to the profitability of each and every project. This EDA360
concept was proven over the last decade with the vibrant ecosystems around eRM
and the OVM, and is critical to the one emerging for the UVM. In fact, it is this consistency that frees
experts to innovate new verification concepts on a solid foundation extending
verification to low-power, mixed-signal, system-level, and more.
This new UVM book is available immediately in hard copy here. An e-book will follow soon afterwards. We also encourage UVM users to
work with a skilled trainer such as those from Cadence and Doulos. You also may be interested in reading the new
and Verification Methodology book, which discusses the user of the UVM to
verify SystemC TLM designs. And finally,
keep coming back to the UVM World forums
for news, questions, and answers from the whole UVM ecosystem.