Accelerating Coverage Closure For Hardware Verification Using Machine Learning
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Functional verification is used to confirm that the logic of a design meets its specification. The most commonly used method for verifying complex designs is simulation-based verification. The quality of simulation-based verification is based on the quality and diversity of the tests that are simulated. However, it is time consuming and compute intensive on account of the fact that a large volume of tests must be simulated to exhaustively exercise the design functionality in order to find and fix logic bugs. A common measure of success of this exercise is in the form of a metric known as functional coverage. Coverage is typically indicated as a percentage of functionality covered by the test suite. This thesis proposes a novel methodology to construct a model using SVM, Gradient Boosting Classifier and Neural Networks aimed at replacing random test generation for speeding up coverage collection.
Jagadeesh, Amrutha Shikaripura (2019). Accelerating Coverage Closure For Hardware Verification Using Machine Learning. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from