Design Verification System for Large-Scale LSI Designs
by M. Monachino
This paper describes the changing environment of large-scale hardware designs as influenced by technology advancements and the growing use of design verification in the design implementation process. The design verification methodology presented here saved some 66 % from the 3081 product schedule, when compared with a schedule utilizing a conventional verification method, on almost 800,000 LSI logic circuits. The paper discusses the use of software modeling techniques to verify LSI hardware designs, methods used for deciding when modeling should be stopped and hardware can be built with sufficient assurance to permit additional verification to continue on the hardware, methods for testing the hardware as it is assembled into a very large processor complex, and the organization of the design verification system to avoid duplicate creation of test cases for different stages of the design process. Experiences encountered in designing and verifying the 3081 system, a discussion of some shortcomings, and an endorsement of certain techniques and improvements for use in future designs are also presented.