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High-level specification and automatic generation of IP interface monitors

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2 Author(s)
Oliveira, M.T. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., British Columbia Univ., Vancouver, BC, Canada ; Hu, A.J.

A central problem in functional verification is to check that a circuit block is producing correct outputs while enforcing that the environment is providing legal inputs. To attack this problem, several researchers have proposed monitor-based methodologies, which offer many benefits. This paper presents a novel, high-level specification style for these monitors, along with a linear-size, linear-time translation algorithm into monitor circuits. The specification style naturally fits the complex, but well-specified interfaces used between IP blocks in systems-on-chip. To demonstrate the advantage of our specification style, we have specified monitors for various versions of the Sonics OCP protocol as well as the AMBA AHB protocol, and have developed a prototype tool that automatically translates specifications into Verilog or VHDL monitor circuits.

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Design Automation Conference, 2002. Proceedings. 39th

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2002