Functional Test Generation using Property Decompositions for Validation of Pipelined Processors

Provided by: European Design and Automation Association
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Functional validation is a major bottleneck in pipelined processor design. Simulation using functional test vectors is the most widely used form of processor validation. While existing model checking based approaches have proposed several promising ideas for efficient test generation, many challenges remain in applying them to realistic pipelined processors. The time and resources required for test generation using existing model checking based techniques can be extremely large. This paper presents an efficient test generation technique using decompositional model checking.

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