UVM is an example of how a standard can evolve by unifying what used to be disparate methodologies into a single verification language and method for putting things together. According to Bergeron, "UVM enables an ecosystem of VIP, tools, training and consulting services using a common methodology that is scalable and can be plug-and-play." Synopsys is an active participant in this ecosystem, offering all of the above to help SoC providers verify and debug their increasingly complex SoCs while meeting their aggressive time- to-market windows.
Bergeron said receiving the Accellera award has been a flattering and humbling experience. "I've been writing, codifying and training on verification methodology for almost 20 years now. I see it as a culmination of an effort that initially was not seen as being that big of a problem, but has now emerged as the biggest problem. It makes it all worthwhile."
Bergeron's vision for future standards includes continuing to secure increased input from users during the standardization process, much like the way UVM was created for the industry. "With the ever-increasing pace at which a design must be verified and created, the long, slow-moving process of creating standards is difficult to maintain. Having standards that can adapt quickly to problems that emerge will become necessary," said Bergeron.
Bergeron is the author of the best-selling Verification Methodology Manual for SystemVerilog and Writing Testbenches: Functional Verification of HDL Models. He is also the founder and moderator of the Verification Guild forum and writes the verification methodology blog Verification Martial Arts. Prior to joining Synopsys, Bergeron worked on verification methodology at Qualis Design Corporation and Nortel. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Université du Québec, and an MBA degree granted through the University of Oregon.
Synopsys congratulates Bergeron on this prestigious award and eagerly anticipates his next achievements in the evolving field of verification methodology!
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