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Sunburst Design - SystemVerilog OVM/UVM Verification Training
by Recognized Verilog & SystemVerilog Guru, Cliff Cummings of Sunburst Design, Inc.

Cliff Cummings is the only Verilog & SystemVerilog Trainer who helped develop every IEEE & Accellera Verilog, Verilog Synthesis and SystemVerilog Standard.

3-Day SystemVerilog OVM & UVM Syllabus in PDF

3 Days
70% Lecture, 30% Lab
Advanced Level

UVM is the unified future of SystemVerilog Verification

The good news is that the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) is largely the same thing as the Open Verification Methodology (OVM) with a different first letter and a few enhancements including capabilities donated from VMM. This course teaches OVM & UVM noting the minor changes that differentiate the two methodologies.

Course Objective

Make verification engineers knowledgeable, proficient and productive at both OVM (version 2.1.1) or UVM using training materials developed by renowned Verilog & SystemVerilog Guru, Cliff Cummings.

Upon completion of this course, students will understand:

Course Overview

Sunburst Design - SystemVerilog OVM/UVM Verification Training is a 2-day fast-paced intensive course that focuses advanced verification features using SystemVerilog and the OVM/UVM base class libraries.

This SystemVerilog training was developed and is frequently updated by the renowned SystemVerilog guru and IEEE SystemVerilog committee member, Cliff Cummings, who has presented at numerous SystemVerilog seminars and training classes world wide, including the 2003-2004 SystemVerilog NOW! Seminars and 2010 ModelSim SystemVerilog Assertion Based Verification Seminars.

Target Audience

Sunburst Design - SystemVerilog OVM/UVM Verification Training is intended for design & verification engineers who require an introduction to IEEE SystemVerilog-2005 capabilities.

Prerequisites (mandatory)

This is a very advanced SystemVerilog design class that assumes engineers already have a good working knowledge of both Verilog and SystemVerilog. Engineers with no prior HDL training or experience will struggle in this class. It is recommended that engineers take Sunburst Design - SystemVerilog Fundamentals Training before taking this OVM/UVM Verification training.

Classroom Details

Training is generally conducted at customer facilities and is sometimes offered as an open-enrollment training class. For maximum effectiveness, it is recommended to have one workstation or PC for every two students, with your preferred SystemVerilog simulator licenses (we often can help provide the simulator and temporary training licenses).

Please contact Cliff Cummings to customize the training materials to meet the needs of your engineering team.

Course Syllabus

Day One

OVM/UVM Resources & Introduction
Section Objective: Share OVM/UVM resources - There are conflicting guidelines from multiple resources regarding OVM/UVM methodologies. When one understands why there are differences, it is easier to learn from the divergent resources. This section explains the rationale behind the differing resources.

Classes & Class Variables
Section Objective: Learn class basics - OVM and UVM are class libraries used to construct powerful verification environments. Class fundamentals are described in this section.

OVM/UVM Overview - First Pass

OVM/UVM - Fundamentals & Running Tests
Section Objective: Learn fundamentals of OVM/UVM testbench development and execution. This section briefly introduces important OVM/UVM fundamentals followed by a lab to help students become familiar with OVM/UVM concepts. Students will not fully understand all of the concepts in this section, but it is important that students do the lab to build a foundation for later learning. Each of the concepts in this section will be taught with greater detail in later sections. Engineers will learn more quickly after they have experienced the lab techniques at least once before tackling advanced OVM/UVM concepts.

Virtual Classes, Virtual Methods and Virtual Interfaces
Section Objective: Learn fundamentals of virtual classes/methods/interfaces - Virtual classes enable the creation of a set of base classes that provide a template for advanced verification environments. OVM/UVM is a base class library made up of mostly virtual classes that the user extends to create a reusable testbench environment. Virtual methods allow run-time base-method replacement that is a vital part of the OVM/UVM strategy (polymorphism).

Random & Constrained Random Class Variables
Section Objective: Learn about class variable randomization and setting constraints on that randomization - OVM and UVM use classes and constrained random variables for the construction of constrained random testing environments. Randomization and constraint fundamentals are described in this section.

OVM/UVM Base Classes & Reporting (standard OVM/UVM print/display commands)
Section Objective: Learn about OVM/UVM base classes and basic display and reporting commands.

Day Two

OVM/UVM Transaction Base Classes
Section Objective: Learn to use and manipulate OVM/UVM transactions - This section answers important questions related to transactions including the basic question, why do transactions have to be classes?

Top Module & DUT
Section Objective: Learn how to connect an OVM/UVM class-based testbench to an actual Design Under Test (DUT) - This section explains the role that interfaces, virtual interfaces and configuration tables play in a testbench environment.

OVM/UVM Testbench Driver-Components
Section Objective: Learn to use OVM/UVM drivers, sequencers, agents and environments - Setting up the driver is a critical step. The class-based driver must drive the module-based DUT through a virtual interface that drives a real interface.

OVM/UVM Testbench Monitor, Analysis Ports & Checkers
Section Objective: Learn to use OVM/UVM monitors, analysis ports and checkers - OVM/UVM uses monitors, analysis ports and checkers (and scoreboards) to capture DUT outputs and analyze the outputs using functional coverage for correctness and completeness.

Fundamentals of Running & Stopping OVM/UVM Tests
Section Objective: Learn proper methods to start and gracefully terminate OVM/UVM tests. This is a poorly documented topic in existing reference materials. Guidelines are presented to help properly stop tests using standard OVM/UVM techniques.

Day Three

OVM/UVM Factory, Constructors & Transaction Level Modeling (TLM) Basics
Section Objective: Learn the basics of OVM/UVM factories, registration, class construction and introduce the concept of factory overrides. This section will show why factories are important to OVM/UVM testbenches and discuss new() -vs- type_id::create() methods. This section also details how transactions are passed between classes through the use of ports, exports, put- configurations, get-configurations and transport configurations

Clocking Blocks and Verification Timing
Section Objective: Learn important stimulus and verification timing issues and techniques - SystemVerilog clocking blocks help control timing for advanced OVM/UVM verification environments.

Functional Coverage
Section Objective: Learn functional coverage fundamentals - Functional coverage is used to track what has been tested. Functional coverage is used to help answer the question, "are we done testing?"

Fork-Join Enhancements and Advanced OVM/UVM Sequence Generation
Section Objective: Learn advanced sequence generation techniques - New fork-join capabilities were added to SystemVerilog and they are commonly used by advanced OVM/UVM sequence generation environments.

Comparing Macros to Methods (time permitting)
Section Objective: Learn about OVM/UVM guideline differences - Many engineers believe they can learn OVM/UVM by picking up and reading a book and the OVM/UVM User Guide. They quickly discover this is exceptionally difficult to do. This section details different guidelines presented by different sources and the ease-of-use versus simulation-efficiency trade-offs.


Why is OVM/UVM hard to learn?

Many engineers believe they can learn OVM/UVM by picking up and reading a book and the OVM or UVM User Guide. They quickly discover this is exceptionally difficult to do. Why is it so hard to learn OVM/UVM from existing materials?

Through years of experience, Sunburst Design has identified the following reasons why engineers struggle with existing OVM/UVM tutorial materials:

Sunburst Design OVM/UVM training addresses each of these issues.

For more information, contact:

Cliff Cummings - - Sunburst Design, Inc. - 503-641-8446