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Accellera Day at DVCon U.S. 2020

Daniel Nenni

Staff member
Monday, March 2, 2020
Double Tree Hotel, San Jose, CA

Accellera Activities:

9:00-Noon (Oak/Fir): Tutorial: Portable Stimulus: What's Coming in 1.1 and What it Means for You

With the release of the Portable Test and Stimulus Standard (PSS) 1.0 in June 2018 (with 1.0a following in January 2019), users have begun to take advantage of this exciting new technology to create abstract models of verification intent that can be used to generate target-specific implementations on a variety of platforms, including simulation, emulation, and virtual and FPGA prototypes. Since that time, the Accellera Portable Stimulus Working Group (PSWG) has continued to work on adding additional requirements to the Standard to expand the modeling capabilities, and to maximize the reusability of portable stimulus descriptions.

This technical tutorial, presented by several contributing members of the PSWG, will provide attendees with an overview of the proposed PSS 1.1 standard. We will review the basic modeling constructs, use model and test realization specifications in a PSS verification intent model and show the enhanced capabilities being implemented for 1.1.

Noon-1:30 (Pine/Cedar): Accellera Luncheon
We hope you’ll join us for our annual Accellera Day Luncheon where Chair, Lu Dai, will provide an update on Accellera activities followed by the presentation of the 2020 Technical Excellence Award. Alessandra Nardi, Chair of the Functional Safety Proposed Working Group (PWG) will introduce the charter of our newest PWG. In addition, as a follow-up to the in-depth technical discussion during the morning tutorial on the Portable Stimulus Standard (PSS), we will have a panel that will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with members of the Portable Stimulus Working Group and ask their most pressing questions. If you’d like to ask about additional details regarding specific features of PSS or about plans for the standard and anticipated industry reaction, you won’t want to miss this panel discussion.

1:45-3:15 (Oak): Short Workshop: An Introduction to the Emerging IP Security Assurance Standard
A System on Chip (SoC) or Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) is comprised of multiple components referred to as Intellectual Property (IP) blocks or just IP. These blocks come from multiple sources such as internal development teams, IP suppliers, tool-generated IP, etc. Typically, the SoC/ASIC owner integrates multiple IPs from multiple sources, which raises concerns about the security risk. How much risk is the Silicon owner (i.e., Integrator) inheriting? What potential security concerns exist that the Integrator must address to ensure the security objectives of the SoC/ASIC are upheld? The workshop will introduce an emerging new standard called IP Security Assurance (IPSA) to address these concerns in a manner that is low-overhead, non-disruptive, and scalable across IP families. The standard specifies an approach to highlight IP assets and associated known security weakness entries in a knowledge base for the mitigation implementer to address.

The workshop will focus on the following which is based on the whitepaper:
· Methodology which details the overall concept and workflow along with the individual components, dependencies, and assumptions.

· Security weakness knowledge base that highlights potential IP security concerns.
· OpenCores examples to demonstrate how the methodology applies to real IP cores.
· Summary and Outlook which details the road map and expectations moving forward. This includes integrator's obligations when integrating IPSA-ready IP and suppliers' obligations to sustaining assurance with IPSA-ready IP.

3:30-5:00 (Oak): Short Workshop: How HLS and SystemC is Delivering on its Promise of Design and Verification Productivity
HLS has long promised that it could deliver dramatic productivity by raising the level of abstraction but there have always been questions regarding the fit of this technology and the results that it could achieve vs hand-coded RTL and what an overall HLS design and verification methodology would look like.

The workshop will begin with an introduction to the SystemC Synthesizable Subset and an introduction to basic concepts of how HLS works to go from SystemC/C++ description to quality RTL. It will then leave a majority of the time for the audience to hear from two leading semi-conductor vendors about real-world use-cases and the results they have achieved; Intel and NVIDIA.

Matt Bone of Intel will describe their challenges and successful techniques for design space exploration and tuning of algorithmic and fabric-oriented designs.

Rangharajan Venkatesan of NVIDIA will describe their open-source HLS library, MatchLib, and present a case study for fast prototyping of a Machine Learning accelerator using object-oriented HLS methodology.

5:00-7:00 (Bayshore Ballroom): DVCon Expo & Reception
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a beverage while connecting with peers and DVCon exhibitors in a casual, welcoming environment. Mingle from booth to booth at the end of the day while enjoying food, drinks and networking.

6:30-7:30 (San Jose): Birds of a Feather
The Functional Safety Proposed Working Group will be holding a Birds of a Feather at DVCon U.S. on Monday, March 2 from 6:30-7:30pm in the San Jose Room at the DoubleTree Hotel. During this session, the ongoing activities of the PWG will be discussed, along with a Q&A with the attendees interested in joining this standardization initiative. Register for the Birds of a Feather >

Barbara Benjamin
HighPointe Communications
(503) 209-2323