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couple of blog posts ago, I talked about the worldwide functional verification
seminar series that we've been delivering this year. This has been a successful
endeavor by almost any metric, but since it's taken a lot of my team's time and
energy I'm continuing to monitor every aspect to ensure continued results. Last
week I had the good fortune of traveling to Europe for seminars at a hotel in
Grenoble and at the Cadence offices in Milan, Velizy (suburban
Paris), and Bracknell (suburban London). I really could not have asked for nicer
locations and better attendees.
With four cities in four days, it was a fairly hectic schedule
though not nearly as bad as some business trips of the past. I was joking with
colleagues that the trip was a series of planes, trains and automobiles, albeit
with none of the frustrations Steve Martin encountered in the movie of that
name. For example, I flew to Heathrow Airport, rode a train to Bracknell, and then
took a taxi from the train station to the hotel. Then we flew from London to
Paris, ride the train from Paris to Grenoble, and took a rental car from
Grenoble to Milan.
So the pattern repeated, but with very few problems along the way.
The only major delay was on the French TGV train, which stopped shortly after
leaving Paris, sat there for the better part of an hour, backed up for some
time to pick up a alternate route, and finally got back to the high-speed rail
section well into the journey. A person in our compartment translated the
announcement that the detour was due to a tragedy on the tracks so it would have
been rather insensitive to complain about a delay under such circumstances.
Despite the fast pace we had the chance to experience some bits of
European culture. We had the better part of a day to explore London, time for a
glass of wine in a Parisian sidewalk café while waiting for our train, and a delicious
Italian dinner in the mountain resort of Bardonecchia to break up the drive
from Grenoble to Milan. I had visited all four of the seminar cities before
multiple times, but none in the past few years, so it was a nice chance to reconnect
and briefly rediscover some favorite spots in Europe.
Enough of the travelogue; how were the seminars themselves? I have
to say that I was very pleased. We had full or nearly full rooms in all four
locations. The audiences were interactive and engaged, which makes presenting
much more enjoyable. There was a lot of interest in our expanded verification (VIP)
portfolio and new design IP offerings, especially the titles added via the acquisition
of Denali. Of course the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) was a hot
topic, especially since the 1.1 version had just been released by Accellera the
The most interest was in the applications of formal analysis. I
discussed the use of formal for SoC connectivity checking and the combination
of formal and simulation to accelerate coverage closure. Both topics generated
good questions and lively discussion during the following coffee break. I've enthused
in several of my past blog posts about the promise of formal analysis; it is
good to see that we are finding applications to deliver on more of that promise
all the time. You can learn more about connectivity checking here and coverage
We're planning a few more seminars in the second half of this year,
including Japan and some additional locations in North America. Please check
the Cadence events page for
details and registration information as we schedule these new events. I saw no
comments on my previous blog post, so let me ask again to let me know if there
are additional verification topics you'd like to see us cover or additional locations
you've like us to visit. Thanks to all my colleagues and customers who have
made this seminar series so successful.
truth is out there...sometimes it's in a blog.