Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Verification Conf scholarships, MTVCON, Dec 5-7, Austin

Looks like a nice opportunity for DV students and new engineers... Austin is really hopping these days.


2011 MTVCon Scholarship

ARM is pleased to provide numerous educational scholarships for students to attend the Annual Microprocessor Test and Verification Conference to be held December 5-7, 2011 in Austin, TX.


Applications must be received by 5pm October 1, 2011. Applicants will be notified by October 29, 2011. The scholarship is open to:

  • Graduate students working in the field of processor verification
  • Graduate students performing processor verification research at accredited universities
  • Graduates holding a MS or PhD working in verification with less than three years industry experience


Two types of scholarships will be awarded:

  • National Attendees: Scholarships are given which include up to 3 nights at the conference hotel, round-trip airfare, and conference registration.
  • Texas Attendees: Scholarships are given which cover the cost of the conference registration rate.

Selectees will be expected to attend conference presentations, meetings, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.


To apply for this opportunity, please complete the application form (pdf).

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Austin, verification engineer, processor, full time

If of interest, feel free to contact Chelsea.


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From: Chelsea Chegin <>
Date: Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM
Subject: per our conversation today

Good afternoon, Connie!


Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today.  I'm sending you the job for the design verification engineer position here in Austin, TX.  Let me know if you can think of anyone for this position or go ahead and forward it around- thank you so much!!



DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: Verification engineer on next generation low power, high performance microprocessor.

SPECIFIC JOB FUNCTIONS: Defining and implementing testplans, developing test benches in System Verilog or C++, applying pseudo-random test generators, developing System Verilog/C/assembly tests, analyzing and debugging regression fails, and analyzing code coverage on next generation CPU/SOC chip projects. Key skills are software (System Verilog, C/C++, object oriented programming, perl, assembly), Verilog simulation and modeling, strong knowledge of microprocessor architecture, and general verification experience.



Best regards,




Chelsea Chegin

Triple Crown Consulting, LLC

13805 Research Blvd, Suite 200

Austin, TX 78750

Direct Line: 512-623-5773

Toll Free: 877-336-2440 x 140



Thursday, August 25, 2011

9th Annual ESL Symposium Video Now Available courtesy of Mentor Graphics

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ESL Connections

9th Annual ESL Symposium Video Recording Now Available

Executives from Intel, ARM, Freescale, ST and Mentor examine the industry-wide move to ESL by highlighting the views and experiences of executives from leading semiconductor, IP and EDA companies.

Video is split into chapters for easy viewing.

  • Wally Rhines, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mentor Graphics
  • Intel - Gadi Singer
    Vice President and General Manager
  • ARM - John Goodenough
    Vice President
  • Freescale - Ken Hansen
    Sr. Fellow, Vice President and CTO
  • STMicroelectronics - Jean-Marc Chateau
  • Mentor Graphics - Simon Bloch
    Vice President and General Manager
Watch Video Recording

Embedded System Power Consumption: A Software or Hardware Issue

The power consumption of devices and the issues around designing for low power are hot topics at this time. This paper looks at the issues from a system-wide perspective and gives guidance on design strategies that encompass both hardware and software development.

Download White Paper

High-Level Synthesis Report

This High Level Synthesis (HLS) report is based on Mentor Graphics 3rd annual independent worldwide survey executed during January 2011.

A total of 1,133 engineers and engineering management responded. This report analyzes the survey results and identifies relevant emerging trends. Its scope spans HLS adoption, time savings of HLS versus manual RTL, most desired abstraction level, and ESL integration into ESL flows. A key goal of the report is to define the critical elements semiconductor company management must consider as they evaluate HLS deployment. The topics covered are:
  • Survey Methodology and Demographics
  • High Level Synthesis - Current Adoption and 2011 Plans
  • HLS Time to Verified RTL versus Manual RTL Implementation
  • Length of Delays Due To Late Functional Changes and Bug Fixes
  • General Criteria Used for HLS Tool Selection
  • Preferred Level of HLS Abstraction for Design Implementation
  • HLS Integration into ESL Flows
  • Summary and Conclusions
Download Entire Report

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seminar 8/26 11:30AM FtC - New Wave of Architectures for Media-Rich Workloads by Sam Naffziger (AMD Fort Collins)

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Date: Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 7:42 AM
Subject: IEEE SSCS Seminar - Technology Impacts from the New Wave of Architectures for Media-Rich Workloads by Sam Naffziger (AMD Fort Collins)

When: Friday, August 26, 2011 11:30 AM-12:45 PM (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada).
Where: AMD Fort Collins Campus (NW corner of Ziegler and Harmony Roads)
Note: The GMT offset above does not reflect daylight saving time adjustments.
TITLE           Technology Impacts from the New Wave of Architectures for Media-Rich Workloads
This presentation is an encore of an invited plenary talk recently delivered at the 2011 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto, Japan.
As the growth in rich and multi-media workloads begin to dominate the compute cycles of our next-generation processors, a revolution in architecture is taking place to efficiently deal with them.  This revolution involves the synergistic combination of parallel and serial computation elements on-die. This co-location makes for a rapidly evolving set of technology challenges. With power limits front and center, the need for efficient, dense logic with high-bandwidth interconnect makes the computing industry more dependent than ever on continuing VLSI technology improvements. This talk will explore these trends and the implications for next-generation process development.
Sam Naffziger received the BSEE degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, in 1988, and the MSEE degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1993.  He has over 22 years experience in microprocessor design, having led the implementation of PA-RISC, Itanium and AMD processors working for Hewlett Packard, Intel and AMD.  He joined AMD in 2006, helping start the Mile High Design Center in Fort Collins, CO where he has been responsible for power and frequency optimization of mainstream processors and is the power efficiency architect for AMD's products.  He holds 96 U.S. patents on processor circuits and architecture and has over 25 IEEE publications and presentations.  Mr. Naffziger chaired the Digital subcommittee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference for 5 years, was Associate Editor for the JSSC, and is a Corporate Fellow at AMD.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Untapped Power Of Smiling - Forbes

The Untapped Power Of Smiling - Forbes: Guest Post Written by Ron Gutman

Smile, smile, smile.

Recently I made an interesting discovery while running – a simple act that made a dramatic difference and helped carry me through the most challenging segments of long distance runs: smiling. This inspired me to embark on a journey that took me through neuroscience, anthropology, sociality and psychology to uncover the untapped powers of the smile.

I started my exploratory journey in California, with an intriguing UC Berkeley 30-year longitudinal study that examined the smiles of students in an old yearbook, and measured their well-being and success throughout their lives. By measuring the smiles in the photographs the researchers were able to predict: how fulfilling and long lasting their marriages would be, how highly they would score on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The widest smilers consistently ranked highest in all of the above.

The new HP way, the day after, courtesy of Good Morning Silicon Valley

Such a good column, esp. for the tech nerd/exec, and always something notable at the end for your time-waster alter ego...   :-)


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Subject: Good Morning Silicon Valley: The new HP way, the day after

Good Morning Silicon Valley

The new HP way, the day after

By Levi Sumagaysay

It took HP less than two months to dump the TouchPad. It's taking investors no time at all to dump their shares in HP, which also is thinking about dumping the PC. Hewlett-Packard shares are tanking 20 percent to about $23.60 as of this post, losing one-fifth of their value.

After all is said and dumped, questions remain:

Is webOS finally dead? Is this the PC-pocalypse?  Can HP emulate IBM and thrive post-PC?

Before HP made its big announcements yesterday, some word had leaked out a couple of hours before: HP is exiting the PC business, and is buying British software company Autonomy for $10 billion. The third bombshell solidified the company's shift from targeting consumers to betting on enterprise: After less than two months on the market, HP is sending its TouchPad tablet to an early grave, to a cemetery populated by Microsoft's Kin and other flops such as Apple's Lisa and IBM's PCjr.

In doing so, HP seems to be throwing away its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm last year, although the company says it might license webOS, the operating system that many think could survive if paired with the right hardware maker. For example, Samsung and HTC might be looking for an alternative to Android in the wake of Google's planned purchase of Motorola Mobility. But Ina Fried at All Things Digital says licensing webOS might be easier said than done, because HP would need to continue supporting webOS, and it has not shown the "stomach to be in the mobile game." If HP decides to sell its webOS unit instead, ZDNet's Jason Perlow suggests RIM, maker of the BlackBerry and the PlayBook, as a possible buyer., the online retailer that's rumored to be working on a tablet, is also being floated about as a company that might be interested in webOS.

By exploring the spin-off of its PC business, the world's biggest PC maker is conceding that the "post-PC world" popularized by Apple's iPhone and iPad is here to stay. Smartphones and tablets have captured the computing masses' imagination, and there's no turning back. Still, even as Android smartphones and Apple iPads chip away at the traditional PC's dominance, one way to look at the demise of the personal computer is to realize that it isn't really dying — it's evolving. There will be personal computing. It just might not look the same.

For now, though, the traditional PC is yet to be dead and buried, hence the talk about which manufacturers might want HP's PC business. Analysts say China-based Lenovo (which swallowed up IBM's PC business more than five years ago) and South Korea's Samsung are possibilities, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, which also mentioned other hardware manufacturers such as Acer and Foxconn. Because making PCs is low margin, it makes sense that the talk is revolving around Asian companies.

Will CEO Leo Apotheker's strategy, which is being compared to IBM's shedding of its PC unit, work to transform the company? Analysts quoted by the Mercury News seem to believe it will have long-term benefits, saying it will turn HP into "a smaller, faster-growing and higher-margin entity," which is what investors want. But perhaps investors didn't get the memo, because they're dropping HP stock like a hot potato. It's hard to blame them. ZDNet's Larry Dignan points out that HP faces different challenges than IBM did, and chief among them is that IBM was not facing a post-PC world when it got out of the PC business.

Other reasons investors might be nervous: Apotheker is essentially undoing Carly Fiorina's legacy — HP's $19 billion purchase of Compaq a decade ago helped propel the Silicon Valley company to the world's No. 1 PC maker — after initially touting the company's position as an advantage. Apotheker had also touted the TouchPad, of course, and other HP executives had said earlier this year that the smartphone and tablet race was "at the beginning of a marathon, not the end of a sprint." (See Quoted: HP puts running shoes on as Apple, Google complete their first mile or two.) While some may view HP management's flip-flops as a positive — willingness to admit miscalculations and make difficult decisions to find a long-term fix and all that — it looks like some investors wary of the massive restructuring charges to come are wary of the new regime, and perhaps wondering if HP has lost its way for good.

So many more questions remain, many of which we'll be sure to explore in the coming days. Among them: How does this massive strategy shift by one of computing's biggest players affect other tech companies? Where do HP employees go from here? And how much time will Apotheker get to prove that his strategy will work?

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"The expression 'woot' began in America but was picked up very quickly by people in Britain, as a result of the Internet breaking down international boundaries."

Angus Stevenson, OED editor, on the newest additions to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, many of which come from the tech world — including "woot," which is synonymous to "hurray" and has roots in the hacking and gaming worlds. Other examples include retweet, sexting, cyberbullying and a social media-focused definition of "follower." CNet lists other additions, including jeggings and mankini.

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Off topic: Murphy's laws, world photo day, bagging brand names, Cookie Monster and Tom Waits: Murphy's laws, from love to tech to toddlers. It's World Photography Day. Check out these engagement photos and make sure you scroll all the way down. (via In Korea, chasing luxury has created a market for brand-name paper bags. (via Marginal Revolution) And two videos of Tom Waits' "God's Away on Business," one featuring Cookie Monster. (HT Mike)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DVCon 2012 Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended: Aug. 19

Cool conference if you are interested in hardware design verification, or even design itself.


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February 27 - March 1, 2012

DVCon is the premier conference for functional design and verification, focused on bringing information from the leading edge of technology, techniques, standards and methods.

2012 Call for Abstracts & Tutorials & Panels

Regular Papers Submission Deadline Extended to: August 19
2012 Call for Abstracts

Tutorial Submission Deadline: September 13
2012 Call for Tutorials
Panel Submission Deadline: September 19
2012 Call for Panels

DVCon Expo

Tuesday, February 28, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, February 29, 4:30 - 7:00 pm

DVCon in San Jose

DoubleTree Hotel San Jose
DVCon Rate: $159.00
Includes High Speed Internet
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110

Top 10 Reasons to attend and exhibit at DVCon

  1. Network face to face with people
  2. Give your customers an opportunity to meet the experts!
  3. You will meet your peers, mentors, leaders and acquaintances for support and friendship!
  4. Learn new industry trends
  5. Open doors for future sales calls
  6. Imagine and learn about the future
  7. Invest in your success!
  8. Wonderful educational opportunities
  9. Generate excitement for new products/services
  10. The People!

DVCon is the premier conference on the application of languages, tools and methodologies for the design and verification of electronic systems and integrated circuits. The focus of the conference is on the usage of specialized design and verification languages such as Verilog, SystemVerilog, VHDL, PSL SystemC, e, and VERA, as well as general purpose languages such as C and C++. Tools and methodologies include the use of testbench automation, hardware-assisted verification, hardware/software co-verification, assertion-based and formal verification, and transaction-level system design and verification.

Conference Schdule:
February 27

  • Half-day Tutorials
February 28
  • Technical Session
  • Panel Discussion
  • Exhibiton
February 29

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Technical Session
  • Panel Discussion
  • Exhibition
March 1

  • Half-day Tutorials

Conference Sponsor:
Accellera, the sponsor of DVCon, celebrates its 11 years of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and Intellectual Property (IP) standards development at DVCon.
© Copyright 2012 DVCon

Monday, August 15, 2011

xkcd: Password Strength

xkcd: Password Strength

Password Strength

Number what? courtesy of GCFL

Anniversary Flowers

It was our second anniversary, and my husband sent me
flowers at the office. He told the florist to write "Happy
Anniversary, Year Number 2" on the card.

I was thrilled with the flowers, but not so pleased about
the card. It read, "Happy Anniversary. You're Number 2."

Received from Clean-Laffs.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Give people the money they need? Daily Camera: Letters to the Editor

Laura Ott: Give people the money they need | Daily Camera: Letters to the Editor

All I can say when I read this is "Really?" But I am told that many people feel this way (I still hope it is really a "Modest Proposal"). I will admit that it would be more cost-effective for Washington to just give people money rather than expending money on "creating jobs" (NPR's Planet Money did a great podcast on this topic recently), which with few exceptions is more useful for politicians that want votes than it is in actually creating jobs, but I kinda doubt we have money for either of those...

Here 'tis:

Laura Ott: Give people the money they need

Plain and simple, why not give people in this country money to spend to get the economy back on its feet. And not just a measly couple hundred dollars either. If citizens were given a substantial amount of money, tax free, they would spend it and give life to businesses. And why not help small businesses too? Give them money to get going, spend their money with other businesses. There are too many that are closing or closed already. We should not be giving it to entities like banks and the auto dealers. If our government really wants to help this country get out of this mess they should put money where it will do the best good: In the hands of people who want to spend it.

Laura Ott

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ferg's gaff – HOWTO Find broken symbolic links – Gentoo Linux Wiki

Ferg's gaff – HOWTO Find broken symbolic links – Gentoo Linux Wiki

HOWTO Find broken links – Gentoo Linux Wiki

I was trying to find some broken links. however, although using
find . -type l

shows all links, it does nto use the cool flashing RED that BASH can do to shwo a broken links. So doing a quick Google turned me to this Gentoo howto: Nice n easy!
find . -type l | (while read FN ; do test -e "$FN" || ls -ld "$FN"; done)


Connie says: Comments on Ferg's gaff are also very instructive!)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Salaries In Silicon Valley - Courtesy of Business Insider

Salaries: Here's How Much People Make In Silicon Vally

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DVClub Verification newsletter

An interesting and relevant verification newsletter (with useful downloadable presentations), if you haven't already heard of it.

Connie L. O'Dell 
Sr. Verification Specialist 303-641-5191 
CO Consulting - Boulder, CO -

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In this Issue:

  Industry News
DVClub Gets New Sponsor: ARM
           ARM Acquires Obsidian Software

  Upcoming Events
Austin - Hands-On Verification     
Silicon Valley - Verification Metrics Double Header
  Delhi Presentations Posted
UVM Update
       Challenges in Using UVM at SoC Level
       Finding Bugs Faster with ABV

DVClub Welcomes New Sponsor: ARM Holdings

It's likely you have heard that ARM acquired Obsidian Software
The announcement came on June 17, 2011. Official Release

But what does it mean for DVClub?
ARM has stepped up and has agreed to continue Obsidian's commitment to sponsor and promote DVClub.

Eric Hennenhoefer, founder and former President/CEO of Obsidian Software, continues his strong commitment to DVClub. In Eric's new role with ARM as Director of Verification Enablement, he will remain involved with planning DVClub content and coordinating DVClub speakers as he has for over five years.

For clarity, DVClub has always been an entity separate from Obsidian Software and remains a separate entity from ARM as well as the other sponsors. This allows DVClub to stay true to its founding mission as a volunteer organization for Design Verification engineers - one of building the verification community by offering networking events, which serve as a platform for education and knowledge exchange without the marketing hype.

Austin - Hands-On Verification

When: August, 2011
Where: Cool River Cafe - Austin, TX
Register Now

A Two Part Talk on UVM, the Universal Verification Methodology, for Functional Verification
Doug Smith, Engineer/Instructor, Doulos

Part One: Easier UVM - Functional Verification for Mainstream Designers
Easier UVM is an approach to using Accellera's UVM, the Universal Verification Methodology, for functional verification by mainstream hardware designers as opposed to power users with verification specialist skills. Easier UVM arises from experience at Doulos in teaching SystemVerilog and functional verification methodology to engineers from a broad cross-section of the hardware design and verification community.

Part Two: UVM Register Abstraction Layer
The UVM Register Abstraction Layer has been generating a lot of industry interest lately. In this phase of the talk, aimed at power users, Doug Smith will cover the necessary templates to develop a UVM environment as well as discuss how to model a register map, an essential part of any verification environment.

Silicon Valley - Verification Metrics Double Header

When: August 17, 2011
Dave & Buster's - Milpitas, CA
Register Now

Using Bug Arrival Rates to Predict the Future
Greg Smith, Sr. Verification Manager at Oracle

So much of today's metrics used to gauge the progress of a verification project are backwards looking - telling us what ground we have covered. In addition, many metrics commonly in use are subjective and prone to human errors of omission.  I would like to present a different approach to DV project metrics using bug arrivals to actually provide some predictive capability as well as aid in overall project planning.

Download the Presentation Here
Download the "Sample Metrics" File Here

High Performance Collection of Coverage Metrics Using a Relational Database Backend

James Roberts, Sr. Verification Engineer at Oracle

A database is an ideal medium for collecting and analyzing coverage. At Oracle, we marry our Oracle database with coverage collection of our verification, and then use SQL to extract coverage metrics on-demand. This presentation outlines an intuitive scheme for database collection of coverage, and presents data showing the scalability and the high bandwidth this scheme is able to handle.

Download the Presentation Here

Presentations Posted

Delhi - Premiere Event

UVM Update: Register Package - Sandeep Thakur, Verification Engineer, Agnisys Technology Pvt. Ltd.
Challenges in Using UVM at SoC Level - Rohit Jindal, Senior Technical Manager, ST Microelectronics
Finding Bugs Faster with ABV - Kanwar Pal Singh, Senior Product Engineer, Cadence

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