Quality-Driven SystemC Design
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Faced with the steadily increasing complexity and rapidly shortening time-to-market
requirements designing electronic systems is a very challenging task. To manage this
situation effectively the level of abstraction in modeling has been raised during the
past years in the computer aided design community. Meanwhile, for the so-called system-level
design the system description language SystemC has become the de facto standard. However,
while modeling from abstract to synthesizable descriptions in combination with specification
concepts like Transaction Level Modeling (TLM) leads to very good results, the verification
quality is poor. The two main reasons are that (1) the existing SystemC verification
techniques do not escort the different abstraction levels effectively and (2) in particular
the resulting quality in terms of the covered functionality is only checked manually. Hence,
due to the increasing design complexity the number of undetected errors is growing rapidly.
Therefore a quality-driven design and verification flow for digital systems is developed and
presented in this book. Two major enhancements characterize the new flow: First, dedicated
verification techniques are integrated which target the different levels of abstraction.
Second, each verification technique is complemented by an approach to measure the achieved
verification quality. The new flow distinguishes three levels of abstraction (namely
system level, top level and block level) and can be incorporated in existing approaches.
After reviewing the preliminary concepts, in the following chapters the three levels for
modeling and verification are considered in detail. At each level the verification quality
is measured. In summary, following the new design and verification flow a high overall
Daniel Große received the Diploma degree in computer science from Albert Ludwigs
University, Freiburg, Germany, in 2002 and the Dr. degree from the University of Bremen,
Bremen, Germany, in 2008. He is currently with the Computer Architecture Research Group,
University of Bremen. His research interests include verification, logic synthesis, and
high-level languages like SystemC.
Rolf Drechsler received his diploma and Dr. phil. nat. degree in computer science from the J.W.
Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He was with the
Institute of Computer Science at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
from 1995 to 2000. He joined the Corporate Technology Department of Siemens AG, Munich in 2000,
where he worked as a Senior Engineer in the formal verification group. Since October 2001 he has
been with the University of Bremen, Germany, where he is now a full professor for computer
architecture. His research interests include data structures logic synthesis, test, and