Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Free UVM webinar, courtesy of Doulos

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Easier UVM Webinar November 2011
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Event: Easier UVM Webinar
Live on-line training
Duration: 2 hours (two 1 hour sessions)
Cost: FREE!
Schedule and Registration: See below


Easier UVM is a set of guidelines for learning and using UVM, the Universal Verification Methodology for SystemVerilog and is aimed at mainstream designers rather than power users specialising in verification.

Presented by Doulos CTO, John Aynsley, the training will consist of 2 one-hour sessions, run on successive days (see below for options) and will be interactive with Q&A participation from delegates.
Content Summary:

Session 1: Introducing Easier UVM Components Transactions Sequences Phases Ports TLM Factory overrides Q&A

Session 2: Generation Configuration Starting a test Ending a test Layered sequences Requests and responses Copying and comparing transactions Q&A
Schedule and Registration:

This webinar will be broadcast twice, at convenient times for international audiences. Please review the times listed below and register for the most appropriate option to your time zone.

For North America (also UK and Europe if late afternoon preferred):
  • Session 1: Monday November 7
    Time: 9am-10am (PST) 12pm-1pm (EST) 5pm-6pm (GMT - UK)
  • Session 2: Tuesday November 8
    Time: 9am-10am (PST) 12pm-1pm (EST) 5pm-6pm (GMT - UK)

For UK, Europe and Asia:

  • Session 1: Wednesday November 9
    Time: 9am-10am (GMT - UK) 10am-11am (CET) 2.30pm-3.30pm (IST)
  • Session 2: Thursday November 10
    Time: 9am-10am (GMT - UK) 10am-11am (CET) 2.30pm-3.30pm (IST)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Will work for...

I took this at StarFest 2009. It seems just as relevant now as it did then...

Many good wishes for an eventual economic recovery...
Connie L. O'Dell
Sr. Verification Specialist
CO Consulting - Boulder, CO -

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Letter from Goldman Sachs, thanks to Gary Smith and Larry Larder ! (Gary proves that EDA folks can be *pretty darn funny* :-) )

October 18, 2011

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) The following is a letter released today by
Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman of banking giant Goldman Sachs:

Dear Investor:

Up until now, Goldman Sachs has been silent on the subject of the protest
movement known as Occupy Wall Street. That does not mean, however, that it
has not been very much on our minds. As thousands have gathered in Lower
Manhattan, passionately expressing their deep discontent with the status
quo, we have taken note of these protests. And we have asked ourselves this
How can we make money off them?

The answer is the newly launched Goldman Sachs Global Rage Fund, whose
investment objective is to monetize the Occupy Wall Street protests as they
spread around the world. At Goldman, we recognize that the capitalist
system as we know it is circling the drain, but there's plenty of money to be
made on the way down.

The Rage Fund will seek out opportunities to invest in products that are
poised to benefit from the spreading protests, from police batons and
barricades to stun guns and forehead bandages. Furthermore, as clashes
between police and protesters turn ever more violent, we are making
significant bets on companies that manufacture replacements for broken
windows and overturned cars, as well as the raw materials necessary for the
construction and incineration of effigies.

It would be tempting, at a time like this, to say "Let them eat cake". But at
Goldman, we are actively seeking to corner the market in cake futures. We
project that through our aggressive market manipulation, the price of a
piece of cake will quadruple by the end of 2011.

Please contact your Goldman representative for a full prospectus. As the
world descends into a Darwinian free-for-all, the Goldman Sachs Rage Fund is
a great way to tell the protesters, "Occupy this"! We haven't felt
so good about something we've sold since our souls.


Lloyd Blankfein

Chairman, Goldman Sachs

Thursday, October 13, 2011

REMINDER Friday 10AM FtC AMD: IEEE SSCS Seminar - A 32nm 3.1 Billion Transistor 12-Wide-Issue Itanium(R) Processor for Mission-Critical Servers by Reid Riedlinger (Intel, Fort Collins, CO)

If this interests you, non-members are welcome; it's a good idea to RSVP so they know you are coming, and to be on time...

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

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Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM
Subject: REMINDER: IEEE SSCS Seminar - A 32nm 3.1 Billion Transistor 12-Wide-Issue Itanium® Processor for Mission-Critical Servers by Reid Riedlinger (Intel, Fort Collins, CO)

When: Friday, October 14, 2011 10:00 AM-11:15 AM (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada).
Where: AMD Fort Collins campus (NE corner of Harmony and Ziegler)
Note: The GMT offset above does not reflect daylight saving time adjustments.
TITLE           A 32nm 3.1 Billion Transistor 12-Wide-Issue Itanium® Processor for Mission-Critical Servers by Reid Riedlinger
This presentation is an extended encore of a contributed paper delivered at the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, CA.
The next generation in the Intel® Itanium® processor family, code named Poulson, has eight multi-threaded 64 bit cores. Poulson is socket compatible with the current Intel® Itanium® Processor 9300 series (Tukwila). The new design integrates a ring-based system interface derived from portions of previous Xeon® and Itanium® processors, and includes 32MB of Last Level Cache (LLC). The processor is designed in Intel®'s 32nm CMOS technology utilizing high-K dielectric metal gate transistors combined with nine layers of copper interconnect. The 18.2×29.9mm2 die contains 3.1 billion transistors, with 720 million allocated to the eight cores. A total of 54MB of on die cache is distributed throughout the core and system interface. Poulson implements twice as many cores as Tukwila while lowering the thermal design power (TDP) by 15W to 170W and increases the top frequency of the I/O and memory interfaces by 50% to 6.4GT/s.
Reid Riedlinger received his MSEE from Montana State University in 1993. He then joined Hewlett-Packard and worked on various PA-RISC and IPF processors. In 2004, Reid joined Intel Corporation as a Principal Engineer leading the post silicon debug of Montecito, a dual core IPF processor. On Poulson, he was the project lead for the development of the core as well as circuit methodology and is currently responsible for leading the definition of Intel's future generation of Itanium processors. He holds 18 US patents and has been an author on several internal and external conference papers.

Dennis Ritchie's passing


"I read somewhere that, while he wasn't as famous as Steve Jobs, that his legacy was on the same level. I totally agree. He created the modern interactive operating system."

— Dave Winer, blogger and RSS pioneer, on Dennis Ritchie, who has died at 70, reportedly after a long illness. Ritchie created the C programming language and was co-creator of Unix, whose "spiritual descendants"ZDNet lists: "Linux, Android, Mac OS, iOS, JavaScript, C++, the genius of the Internet and a world full of developers." Ritchie worked at Bell Labs, which today told employees of the death of one of its "most respected researchers."

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How sad, Dennis Ritchie was one of the famous people at Bell Labs when I first went to work there.
I didn't hear anything about this on the news today...

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

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Subject: Good Morning Silicon Valley: As Google's world turns: An engineer rant, plus earnings preview
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Good Morning Silicon Valley

As Google's world turns: An engineer rant, plus earnings preview

By Levi Sumagaysay

Before the typical earnings preview, a word about Google, courtesy of one of its own.

• A Google engineer posted publicly on Google+ a classic rant supposedly meant for Googlers only. Google's big problem, according to Steve Yegge, is that it builds products instead of platforms. "Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product. But that's not why they are successful. Facebook is successful because they built an entire constellation of products by allowing other people to do the work."

Yegge, who used to work at and in his manifesto calls Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos "dread pirate," says Amazon understands platforms, but that nobody at Google gets it. "Google+ is a prime example of our complete failure to understand platforms from the very highest levels of executive leadership (hi Larry, Sergey, Eric, Vic, howdy howdy) down to the very lowest leaf workers (hey yo). We all don't get it." Yegge, who has since taken down the post and has changed his one-line self-description on Google+ to "someday my foot won't fit in my mouth," said in a follow-up — and public — post that the company did not order him to take the post down, and that the Google PR folks have been "nice and supportive."

The manifesto is long, but quite interesting because Yegge basically says Google's main competitors — Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft — all "get" and have built powerful platforms, while Google hasn't.

• Wall Street's expectations of Google's third-quarter earnings: Profit of $8.74 a share on a 30 percent increase in revenue, to $7.21 billion. Google has reportedly beat estimates in six of the past eight quarters.

According to Reuters, some of the things analysts are concerned about include the effects of the slow economy on ad revenue and the effects of Google's $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility on the bottom line. They will also be paying attention to what Google says about Android and Google+.

While the Android mobile OS continues to gain market share, it is facing challenges, especially as Apple continues to score legal victories in its wide-ranging patent fight against Android device maker Samsung. (A judge in Australia has just granted an injunction against sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, just in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season.) As for Google+, the company's months-old social network, there has been at least one report that it is losing momentum.

Google shares are up more than 1 percent to about $555.20 as of this post. They are off about 8 percent so far this year.

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"I read somewhere that, while he wasn't as famous as Steve Jobs, that his legacy was on the same level. I totally agree. He created the modern interactive operating system."

Dave Winer, blogger and RSS pioneer, on Dennis Ritchie, who has died at 70, reportedly after a long illness. Ritchie created the C programming language and was co-creator of Unix, whose "spiritual descendants" ZDNet lists: "Linux, Android, Mac OS, iOS, JavaScript, C++, the genius of the Internet and a world full of developers." Ritchie worked at Bell Labs, which today told employees of the death of one of its "most respected researchers."

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Tech and politics: Social and voting, texting and donating: Beyond town halls, here are a couple of other ways tech tools are being used in politics.

• The Wall Street Journal today profiles Votizen, a Mountain View company that has a starring role in San Francisco's mayoral elections next month. Votizen uses information found in social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to target would-be voters; makes it easy for a candidate's supporters to recommend candidates; and follows through by tracking whether the recommendations worked. Many famous names can be found on Votizen's investors page, including valley angel investor Ron Conway, Peter Thiel and Sean Parker.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone reportedly accidentally spammed his Twitter followers — including non-San Francisco voters such as Katie Couric and Leonard Nimoy — using Votizen last week, asking them to vote for current S.F. Mayor Ed Lee.

• In other news at the intersection of tech and California politics, the Fair Political Practices Commission today is scheduled to consider adopting a rule that would allow for political contributions via text messages. If the commission adopts the rule, California would reportedly be the first in the nation to have such a system, which would apply to state campaigns only. The FPPC envisions the system as one in which donations would be included in people's cell phone bills, according to the public-comment discussion last month, a recording of which was obtained by GMSV. Wireless carriers would set further parameters or rules on donations in accordance with the law.

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Off topic: Sugar and nice, cereal truth, English errors and non-errors, LOL yoga: File this under highly doubtful studies: Are you sweet because you have a sweet tooth? (via Freakonomics) Speaking of sugar, "high fructose corn fat" and other cereal boxes that don't mince words. Speaking of words, common errors and non-errors (purists might disagree) in English usage. (via Coudal) And for many, this is no joke: laughter yoga.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ultimate Nerd Guide To New York City

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Electric Vehicle Conference - Call For Papers & LinkedIn Group - 2012 IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference

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Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Subject: Reminder: Call For Papers - 2012 IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference

IEEE Electric Vehicle Professionals,

I welcome you to participate as speakers, attendees, sponsors and exhibitors at the 2012 IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference in Greenville, SC on March 4 - 8, 2012. This conference has been designed to bring together world wide technology experts, companies and Clean Transportation policy makers into a forum that will help enable the mass production of electric vehicles.

Between now and the conference next year, please organize your involvement in the conference and participate in our daily discussions via our Linkedin IEEE Clean Transportation Group at:

and the conference web site at:

I'm looking forward to your participation in the conference and helping to make the IEEE a leader in the development of electrified transportation.


Lee Stogner
Director, IEEE Board of Directors
Member, IEEE Electric Vehicle Committee
Member, IEEE Smart Grid Initiative



The 2012 IEEE International Electrical Vehicle Conference (IEVC)
Technology, Engineering, Standards – Challenges and Opportunities

March 4-8, 2012
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Sponsored by IEEE and CUICAR (Clemson University International Center of Automotive Research)

The first IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference provides a unique cross-organizational platform to exchange information among thought leaders of the fast-growing electric mobility ecosystem and to discuss new trends in technology, engineering, standards and deployment aspects on a global scale. IEVC is a venue for electrical vehicle designers, component and infrastructure system developers, manufacturers, utility experts, corporate executives, technical analysts, researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, legislators, regulators and standardization experts to share a joint interest in the transformation of the transportation industry via electrification.

IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) organizers are seeking technical papers on the technology, standards and engineering of electric vehicles. Of specific interest for this conference are papers related but not limited to the following areas:

* EV system architecture concepts for passenger, service and utility vehicles (BEV, PHEV, HEV, FCEV)
* Innovations in EV component design
* EV motor drives and controllers
* EV high voltage wiring
* Heating and cooling systems for EV's
* Innovations in EV energy storage solutions (e.g. battery chemistry, ultra capacitor, fuel cell, battery management system)
* EV systems modeling, simulation and testing
* AC and DC conductive charging, wireless charging, smart charging, fast charging
* Power grid and renewable energy resource interfacing for EV mass deployment
* Design for manufacturing for EV mass production
* EV fleet and infrastructure asset management
* Design for EV maintainability
* Information Technology and Communication services for the EV ecosystem
* Global standards development for EVs and their impact on EV deployment, R&D and manufacturing
* Trends in EV deployment, supply chain and manufacturing
* EV-related educational programs for engineers, legislators and the public

Accepted papers will be presented during the inaugural conference, March 4-8, 2012, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. They will also be published in conference proceedings and available through the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Paper registration, submission and publication: Submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. All papers for 2012 IEEE IEVC must be submitted electronically via the EDAS system at:

Further EDAS system information can be found at:

Detailed paper submission guidelines and the IEEE format paper template is accessible on the conference web site at:

Extended Abstract Registration: 23:59 EST on October 15, 2011
Acceptance Notification: December 15, 2011
Full paper Submission Deadline: 23:59 EST on February 1, 2012

Questions about paper technical focus: Mladen Kezunovic, Technical Program Chair,

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Use of character range in awk, thanks to UNIX and Linux Forums

I knew most of this, but there is definitely some subtlety in the quoting of the "[" "]" in the response... :-)

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Hi all,
I am having a bit of a hard time using awk. I must do something wrong, but I don't know what... Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I read a file, as follows :
... ATOM     21  C   THR A   4      23.721 -26.194   1.909  1.00 32.07           C     ATOM     22  O   THR A   4      24.874 -26.014   1.536  1.00 32.36           O     ATOM     23  CB  THR A   4      22.548 -26.219  -0.334  1.00 31.56           C     ATOM     26  N   CYS A   5      23.261 -25.726   3.072  1.00 32.18           N     ATOM     27  CA  CYS A   5      24.119 -24.983   4.010  1.00 32.76           C     ...

It has thousands of lines like this. I wish to sort some data out, but only when column 5 (here an "A") is within a range of letters accessible via the variabledata. data is a user input and can be any letters in the range A-Z, in any combinaison (i.e. "F", "ABCFIZ", "A-GX", "KJHGF", ...). So I do this :
awk '{if ($5 == "'[$data]'" ) {do_something}}' $in >> $out

That it is not working. If I put a single letter (e.g.
$5 == "A"), it works just fine, but as long as I want a variable, it doesn't output anything. I tried A LOT of combinaison around the metacharacters [] , like : "'[$data]'", "'['$data']'", "'\[$data\]'", "'["$data"]'", etc and nothing works - and often yielded errors. I'm out of ideas, if anyone has a suggestion...

I may add, for precision sake, that the quoted awk code is within a much longer script, called from and programmed into tcsh.

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nawk -v r='A-C' '$5 ~ "[" r "]"' myFile

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