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The DVCon Europe 2018 – New Horizons in a rich and diverse technical program

Published on Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Alexander Rath Technical Program Chair

With this blog, I’d like to share the highlights of the upcoming technical program. Thanks to the authors of 36 excellent papers, our program consists of 12 highly technical sessions, 3 papers for each session. Compared to last year, we were able to add an additional fourth track so that DVCon Europe is now the major platform for actively exchanging about the advances in design and verification.

Each session of the program is dedicated to a particular topic:

Sessions “TLM” and “SystemC” consist of case studies and user findings based on real-world applications that make use of these standards.

The UVM standard is still a major driver in the functional verification world, which is why two full sessions are reserved for it.

I am especially looking forward to our "New Horizons" sessions, where we will learn about how to bring together Functional Verification with a new mega-trend that is about to conquer more and more applications: Machine Learning. In addition, this session will dwell on how to make energy efficient designs even better. Since this topic is crucial for future applications, we will also feature a dedicated session: "Low Power Design and Verification".

Our program also includes a session about “Functional Safety”, a topic that currently dominates chip development in the automotive area. Mastering this topic will be the key for autonomous driving to become an even more successful application with the potential to completely change the way we look at cars going forward.

“Generating Stimulus” mostly deals with the application of a rapidly emerging industry standard: Portable Stimulus. This standard will help to reduce the effort and complexity that comes with testing and verifying functionality on different levels of abstraction.

The need for more rapid prototyping and quicker design cycles is addressed in “Virtual Platforms and Visualization” and in “Virtual Prototyping”.

When it comes to 5G mobile networks and electric cars, analog circuitry plays an important role: Key components of SoCs that enable these applications are implemented using analog techniques. Our session “AMS Verification” targets that.

Finally, our session “Advanced Verification Techniques” features presentations from authors who were able to solve extremely hard verification problems by making use of very advanced approaches.

I am very happy that we could come up which such a rich and diverse technical program for the fifth edition of DVCon Europe. For me personally it is the first time that I am taking on the role of the Technical Program Chair and I am truly amazed to see how keen the authors and our reviewers were to build such an excellent program. My special thanks go to the members of the Technical Program Committee, who dedicated a good deal of their spare time to ensure the quality of our program.

I am looking forward to meeting you at DVCon Europe in Munich!