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Evolution of Verification Engineers (Experts at the Table, Part 3)

By Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering | Feat. Tom Anderson, Technical Marketing Consultant, and Jim Hogan, Board Director, OneSpin

The role of a verification engineer will change and start to look a lot like knowledge management.

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the implications of having an executable specification that drives verification with Hagai Arbel, chief executive officer for VTool; Adnan Hamid, chief executive office for Breker Verification; Mark Olen, product marketing manager for Mentor, a Siemens Business; Jim Hogan, managing partner of Vista Ventures; Sharon Rosenberg, senior solutions architect for Cadence Design Systems; and Tom Anderson, technical marketing consultant for OneSpin Solutions. What follows are excerpts of that conversation.


Anderson: We are dancing around the idea of correct by construction. It has been around forever. Would you want a model that you don’t have to verify? That is the goal of correct by construction. You have a model that is correct, maybe through exploration, maybe through other techniques that you used to validate and verify what you are worried about. But it is a single model, and from that you generate the design. Maybe we are getting to the point where the top level of an SoC, defined to be correct by construction, may actually work.


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