|標題:||Efficient Coverage-Driven Stimulus Generation Using Simultaneous SAT Solving, with Application to SystemVerilog|
Yen, Chia-Chih (Jack)
Val, Celina G.
Hu, Alan J.
Jiang, Iris Hui-Ru
Department of Electronics Engineering and Institute of Electronics
|關鍵字:||Algorithms;Verification;Formal methods;covergroup;simultaneous satisfiability|
|摘要:||SystemVerilog provides powerful language constructs for verification, and one of them is the covergroup functional coverage model. This model is designed as a complement to assertion verification, that is, it has the advantage of defining cross-coverage over multiple coverage points. In this article, a coverage-driven verification (CDV) approach is formulated as a simultaneous Boolean satisfiability (SAT) problem that is based on covergroups. The coverage bins defined by the functional model are converted into Conjunction Normal Form (CNF) and then solved together by our proposed simultaneous SAT algorithm PLNSAT to generate stimuli for improving coverage. The basic PLNSAT algorithm is then extended in our second proposed algorithm GPLNSAT, which exploits additional information gleaned from the structure of SystemVerilog covergroups. Compared to generating stimuli separately, the simultaneous SAT approaches can share learned knowledge across each coverage target, thus reducing the overall solving time drastically. Experimental results on a UART circuit and the largest ITC benchmark circuits show that the proposed algorithms can achieve 10.8x speedup on average and outperform state-of-the-art techniques in most of the benchmarks.|
|期刊:||ACM TRANSACTIONS ON DESIGN AUTOMATION OF ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS|