Design Confidence, Complexity, and Scaling: The Present and Future of System Validation


Traditional SoC design-flows are under existential threat in the Post-Moore era: extracted VLSI standard-cell libraries can take months to simulate at advanced process nodes; however, validation of primitive cells is not equivalent to the validation of an exascale computing system or a 20 gigadevice chip. High-order component-level behaviors including various modes of coupling and physical phenomena like hot-carrier injection threaten to play increasing roles in system dynamics, and are inherently difficult to simulate. How do we build confidence without chip-scale physical simulation? This talk analyzes the fundamental assumptions at the heart of the hierarchy- and abstraction-based design paradigm, proposes new methodologies for validating and testing designs both pre- and post-silicon, and interrogates the possibility of validating an infinite-transistor SoC.

Mar 3, 2020 9:14 PM — Feb 25, 2020 5:00 AM
Invited talk at the University of Mississippi
San Luis Obispo, CA
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Mississippi

My research interests include high-level analog synthesis, nonlinear network dynamics, and design verifiability.