Well, SoC Verification and movie making have more in common, then one might first think: they both need continuous improvement in their required enabling technologies - with many disruptions along the way - and they also need common standard formats for deploying those disruptions in their products. In addition, despite all these technology enhancements, they both still require great actors and an experienced director to produce a blockbuster, bound to win an award.
The origin of film technology started with the invention of the camera and then motion pictures. At the beginning early 1900s, there was no sound for the first short movies and animated films. Silent films at that time were commonly accompanied by live musicians in an orchestra, with some sound effects to enhance the viewers' experience. The big, disruptive 1930s innovation in the emerging movie industry was the addition of synchronized sound, which upgraded the viewer’s experience and swiftly ended the silent-film era. Adding colors to the movie came next, and was adopted quickly into the filming mainstream. Early on, the idea of 3D movies was explored, but it took a new millennium for the costly hardware and processing power to become available for the production of such a film, overcoming the lack of standardized formats for all segments of the entertainment business.
Similar to the film industry, the SoC Verification movie has grown from transistor level, through gate level, to the RTL era, accompanied by testbench automation and – the long predicted - ESL with Virtual Prototyping based on SystemC TLM standards, and the high level synthesis of C++ code. All of those innovative steps had to happen at a much faster pace, given the complexity and required speed of SoC development, driven by Moore’s law.
Each year, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards and the prestigious OSCARs. Nowadays, for the SoC verification movie, the place for the SoC Verification experts to gather is the Design and Verification Conference (DVCon). And at DVCon, there’s also a chance to win the best paper award in different categories for SoC Verification, nominated by a group of your peers.
DVCon has become a global conference series, the season commencing with DVCon United States in early March, augmented by DVCon India in September and DVCon Europe in October (Munich, October 19-20, 2016).
For each region, DVCon provides a well-chosen mixture of technical paper sessions, tutorials, key notes, posters and exhibits. Sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative, DVCon attendees get access to the latest information on various Accellera standards and their application on system-level design, modelling and verification (including UVM, SystemC, SystemVerilog, IP-XACT and many more).
The topics include system-level virtual prototyping, IP reuse, design automation, mixed-signal design, low power design and verification. By spreading DVCon from the US but also across Asia and Europe facilitates networking and discussions to a much broader audience. This expands DVCon’s value across a wider community than only those who have the opportunity to travel to the US.
If you would like to share your experience with the electronics community, submit your SoC Verification paper; DVCon Europe paper submissions deadlines are April 7th for your draft paper and April 14th for your tutorial submission.
Remember, the path to winning the SoC Verification movie award at DVCon Europe is through a paper or tutorial submission.
See you DVCon Europe, see you Munich!
Oliver Bell, Intel Germany
General Chair of DVCon Europe