FPGA Verification Day 2020 – Live Online

  • 8. October 2020

Since the beginning of the year, the Corona crisis has kept us from maintaining personal contacts – and so this year’s FPGA Verification Day had to be switched to the digital track.

We were actually looking forward to Berlin and had already found a great hotel as a conference venue, now it was time to rethink things. So first we cut the whole day into to half (after all, who can take an online conference for a whole day) and then create an interesting agenda.

No sooner said than done – invitations sent, posts on social media – and the registrations for the first digital edition of FPGA Verification Day came in non-stop. In the end, almost 100 participants from 15 countries participated!

On top of the agenda on September 26th were the latest findings from the Wilson Research Group, presented by Harry Foster in person. Harry had recorded the presentation for us beforehand – the time difference to his home office in the USA was simply too great. The highlight of this  presentation were the European figures, and caused great interest among the  participants.

Stefan Bauer followed up and presented a large number of progressive verification solutions for the challenges identified in the study, as well as a practical “road map”.

Tobias Baumann is a physicist and FPGA developer and could really go into depth. FPGAs are also used in medical technology nowadays, and verification plays an even more important role due to potential patient risks. His lecture explained in detail how FPGA development should be carried out based on IEC 62304 in the medical technology – although the relevant documents do not have to be submitted for approval. However, safety first in the medical world!

As every year, there was also a prize to be won – and we had come up with a quiz for this. During the coffee break, the participants were asked their first questions. Since the questions related to the previous presentations we could see who had really listened 🙂

The tendency towards VHDL and the use of UVVM in Europe are increasing and so, Espen Tallaksen’s presentation after the coffee break was another program highlight The extensions to the ESA project in particular appear to be very exciting.

Finally, Hans-Jürgen Schwender addressed another important topic – the tracking of verification results.  solutions offer a unified environment to create, reuse and approve requirements, but for the most part go no further. The solution is a new integration of Questa in Polarion ALM – a great help.

Under normal circumstances, we would have invited everyone to lunch at the end. Unfortunately, in this case it was only “virtual” – however, the experts were again available to answer numerous questions.

Of course, we also carried out a short survey after the event – and among other things, we wanted to know whether an online conference or personal networking in Berlin is preferred. We shouldn’t have been surprised that the majority would prefer a FPGA Verification Day 2021 live online version ….