Reuse of existing and already verified intellectual property (IP) models is a key strategy to cope with the com- plexity of designing modern system-on-chips (SoC)s under ever stringent time-to-market requirements. In particular, the recent trend towards system-level design and transaction level modeling (TLM) gives rise to new challenges for reusing existing RTL IPs and their verification environment in TLM-based design flows. While techniques and tools to abstract RTL IPs into TLM models have begun to appear, the problem of reusing, at TLM, a verification environment originally developed for an RTL IP is still underexplored, particularly when assertion-based verification (ABV) is adopted. Some techniques and frameworks have been proposed to deal with ABV at TLM, but they assume a top-down design and verification flow, where assertions are defined ex-novo at TLM level. In contrast, the reuse of existing assertions in an RTL-to-TLM bottom-up design flow has not been analyzed yet. This paper proposes a methodology to reuse assertions originally defined for a given RTL IP, to verify the corresponding TLM model. Experimental results have been conducted on benchmarks of different characteristics and complexity to show the applicability and the efficacy of the proposed methodology.

On the Reuse of RTL assertions in Systemc TLM Verification

BOMBIERI, Nicola;FUMMI, Franco;GUARNIERI, Valerio;PRAVADELLI, Graziano;STEFANNI, Francesco;GHASEMPOURI, TARA;LORA, MICHELE;
2014

Abstract

Reuse of existing and already verified intellectual property (IP) models is a key strategy to cope with the com- plexity of designing modern system-on-chips (SoC)s under ever stringent time-to-market requirements. In particular, the recent trend towards system-level design and transaction level modeling (TLM) gives rise to new challenges for reusing existing RTL IPs and their verification environment in TLM-based design flows. While techniques and tools to abstract RTL IPs into TLM models have begun to appear, the problem of reusing, at TLM, a verification environment originally developed for an RTL IP is still underexplored, particularly when assertion-based verification (ABV) is adopted. Some techniques and frameworks have been proposed to deal with ABV at TLM, but they assume a top-down design and verification flow, where assertions are defined ex-novo at TLM level. In contrast, the reuse of existing assertions in an RTL-to-TLM bottom-up design flow has not been analyzed yet. This paper proposes a methodology to reuse assertions originally defined for a given RTL IP, to verify the corresponding TLM model. Experimental results have been conducted on benchmarks of different characteristics and complexity to show the applicability and the efficacy of the proposed methodology.
9781479947119
PSL; TLM; reuse
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