Learn to build OVM & UVM Testbenches from scratch

Learn and Start building Verification Testbenches in SystemVerilog based Verification Methodologies - OVM and UVM
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

The Verification industry is adopting SystemVerilog based UVM Methodology at a rapid pace for most of the current ASIC/SOC Designs and is considered as a key skill for any job in the front end VLSI design/verification jobs.

This course teaches

  • Basic concepts of two (similar) methodologies - OVM and UVM -
  • Coding and building actual testbenches based on UVM from grounds up.
  • Plenty of examples along with assignments (all examples uses UVM)
  • Quizzes and Discussion forums
  • Hands on assignment to build a complete UVM Verification environent for a most popular SOC Bus protocol - APB Bus

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of Functional Verification concepts
  • Basic understanding of SystemVerilog and object oriented concepts
  • Motivation to learn and discuss questions in the Forums

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand concepts behind OVM and UVM Verification methodologies
  • Start coding and build testbenches using UVM or OVM Verification methodology

Who is the target audience?

  • Verification engineers who have basic understanding of SystemVerilog but new to OVM/UVM methodology
  • Students passing out of VLSI/DigitalDesign/Microelectronics looking for a job in front end of VLSI design
  • Any VLSI front end design/verification engineer who wants to increase their job opportunities and skills

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Section 1: Introduction and Welcome

Welcome and Introduction to the Course


Explains the need for Verification methodology and also about What a methodology should provide


Explains the concepts of Layered Testbench architecture and the benefits of modularity and re-usability of them in Verification industry

2 pages

Explains the concepts of what is meant by Factory in OVM and UVM and how Factory concept can be used to dynamically create various components and sequences

Section 2: Fundamentals of OVM/UVM - Transaction Level Modelling

Explains what is OVM, UVM and some of the highlights and differences. Since UVM evolved from OVM - most of the concepts remain same and so does coding


OVM and UVM are built on top of Transaction level Modelling concepts and hence important to understand the basics of TLM concepts


The different ways to communicate on a TLM channel for the higher layer components - What are ports and exports and how those are connected?


Explains Analysis ports and Analysis FIFOs and how they are used for TLM communication?

Test your basics on Transaction Level Modelling
3 questions

Code and simulate a simple TLM example on edaplayground and make your concepts thorough

Section 3: Building Testbench Components

Learn the concepts of how a OVM/UVM based Testbench Architecture looks like and what the different components are


Understanding concepts of UVM Sequencer and Driver components and how to implement them


Understand how Sequencers and Drivers communicate on TLM interface and how to connect TLM ports and exports for driver and Sequencer


Understanding concepts of a UVM Monitor component and how to implement a monitor component


Understanding the concepts of OVM/UVM Agents and how to implement Agent Components


Understand the conepts of UVM environment and Test class and how to hierarchicaly organize components inside an environment and Test class

Explains about how the different testbench components are build and connected in OVM/UVM

Understanding the importance of simulation phases and the different simulation phases in OVM and UVM - namely the build, connect and run phases

3 questions

Test your learning about testbench components and hierarchy

Section 4: Sequence Based Stimulus Generation

Explains what is the concept behind Stimulus generation using Sequences? What are Sequences and how they can generate flexible stimulus


Explains what is a sequence item and how to implement a sequence item. What are all the methods/API that a OVM/UVM Sequence item supports?


Explains the concepts of Sequences and the different Methods/API associated with Sequence like start(), body() etc


All Sequences are send to target driver through Sequencer. This lecture explains the communication mechanism used by Sequencer and Driver to connect and talk through the TLM interface


Explains the different ways possible for generating sequences. Sequences can be generated sequentially or parallely or in a layered manner and other ways thus providing flexible and efficient stimulus generation


Explains the concept of Virtual Sequence and why virtual sequences are important along with few examples

Test your basics on Sequence based Stimulus generation
3 questions
Section 5: Dynamic Construction and Configurations
Explains the basic concepts of factory patterns and how UVM Factories are used and why

Explains the concepts of OVM and UVM configuration objects and how those can be used

1 page

Coming Soon. This will be video lecture available by November 1 2014

Section 6: Assignment - Building and Simulating APB (Advanced Peripheral Bus) Testbench

Overview about assignment - Implementing a complete UVM environment for AMBA APB Protocol


Explains the details of the APB(Advanced Peripheral Bus ) Protocol and the interface signals and how the read and write transactions are on APB bus


Architecting testbench for APB protocol following UVM concepts. Block diagram and explanation of different testbench components and stimulus/sequences


Explains how to create a basic APB Transaction or sequence item.

Explains how to define the interface file for APB protocol and the modports and clocking blocks to implement


Explains how to code and implement the APB Driver and Sequencer component


Explains how to code and implement an APB monitor component


Explains how to create the APB Agent and Env Components


Explains how to create different sequences that can be used to stimulate the APB interface with different transactions


Building Top level Test class, Test module and how to start sequences.

Also explains how to run simulation and what to observe in terms of transactions seen by driver and monitor


Summary of key concepts and a preview of topics for learning Advanced UVM concepts

Section 7: Summary and Preview of Advanced Topics for Further Study

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Instructor Biography

Ramdas Mozhikunnath M, Expert Verification Engr, Intel Alumni, 16+ yrs exp, Author

Expert and Passionate Verification Engineer with 16+ years of experience in design verification of complex Microprocessors, ASIC and SOC designs at major semiconductor companies like Intel, IBM and other exciting startups.

Co-Author of book "Cracking Digital VLSI Verification Interviews: Interview Success" available on Amazon

Passionate in continuous learning of new and interesting technologies and always ready to share knowledge and help others

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