Title: A Configurable Bus-Tracer for Error Reproduction in Post-Silicon Validation
Authors: Chen, Shing-Yu
Hsiao, Ming-Yi
Jone, Wen-Ben
Chen, Tien-Fu
National Chiao Tung University
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: In today's modern system-on-chips (SoCs), there are several intellectual properties (IPs) on the system to provide different functionality. However, the more complex communications on SoCs are, the harder the programmer could discover all errors before first silicon during verification. Therefore, we provide a reconfigurable unit for recording the transactions between IPs and adopt logical vector clock [1] as timestamp of each trace. The programmable trigger unit (PTU) in debugging node (DN) could be configured by the validator to cache their interest sequences of transaction. Because the traces of transactions would have their own timestamp, during the post-silicon validation, we could reproduce the errors in faulty transactions between IPs and get more information for bypassing or fixing the problems. Furthermore, due to several entries of traces, which would shrink observation window very quickly, we also implement a compressor to compress traces before we store them into trace buffer. Finally, our experiments demonstrate that the proposed debugging architecture is capable of recording the critical transactions, and by the proposed reconfigurable debugging unit the debugging execution time can be reduced more than 80%.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11536/23090
ISBN: 978-1-4673-4436-4
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