The Design and Verification Conference & Exhibition Europe (DVCon Europe) 2017, sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative, saw strong attendance and an impressive technical programme. The overall registration number was 280 participants, of which 126 were first time attendees. The attendees represented more than 79 separate companies and organisations from 22 countries. The number of industry-oriented paper and tutorial submissions increased, and the event attracted 21 exhibitors. The conference included two keynote speeches from industry luminaries, two panel sessions and a networking reception.
Feedback regarding the 2017 conference has included:
“I was very impressed by the conference – a genuine ‘learning’ feeling throughout,” said Hobson Bullman of Arm, and DVCon Europe Keynote Speaker in 2016.
“Great content. Engaging crowd. Inspiring keynote. Overall an excellent conference,” stated Lu Dai, general chair of Accellera.
“I’m very pleased to see that DVCon Europe is promoting the verification theme with a high level of competence,” noted Dr Horst Symanzik, the director of Integrated Circuit Engineering at Bosch Sensortec, and DVCon Europe Keynote Speaker 2017. “It is tremendously important for the success of our products.”
The award for Best Paper, as voted by conference attendees, went to Hagai Arbel, Anna M. Ravitzki, and Uri Feigin from Vtool Ltd. for their paper entitled: “Between the Dialog and the Algorithm or Innovative Technological Narratives Leveraging the Idea of Authenticity in a Human Being.”
Oliver Bell, DVCon Europe general chair, noted: “Once again, DVCon Europe has delivered on its promise to be the premier electronic design automation forum in Europe, meeting a clear need for practical, detailed information on state-of-the-art development methodologies. This year’s conference was particularly exciting with two dynamic keynote speeches, overwhelming tutorial and paper submissions, and a vibrant exhibition. Now that DVCon Europe is established as the must-attend event in Europe for engineers to upgrade their skills, we are planning an even larger event in 2018.”
Highlights of the week
The first day of the conference commenced with an insightful keynote from Dr. Horst Symanzik, the director of Integrated Circuit Engineering at Bosch Sensortec, Consumer MEMS Products: Quality Over Commodity. The day featured a series of 16 tutorials, providing attendees with a rich choice of technical updates and instruction on subjects including UVM-based Verification, SystemC System Level Verification, Safety-Critical Verification, Accellera’s emerging Portable Stimulus Standard, Formal Verification and Analog/Mixed-Signal Design and others.
The second day started with a keynote from Berthold Hellenthal, head of the Progressive Semiconductor Programme at Audi AG, entitled: “Driving Virtual Prototyping of Automotive Electronics.” The day then featured nine paper sessions covering the topical subjects, including UVM, Formal, Mixed Signal, SystemC, and Advanced Verification Techniques. The day also included two panel sessions, “The Best Tools for Driving Safety and Security in Automotive Applications” and an “Intelligent Automation: How to Decide What to and What not to Automate?”, where standardisation plans and processes were covered in an interactive session.
Running coincidently over both days was the well-attended exhibit where the latest tools and IP from leading vendors was on show for all attendees. On day one a networking reception was held on the show floor, bringing together attendees, tool providers, and other conference stakeholders.
The DVCon Europe Steering Committee values all feedback regarding the conference. Attendees have been given a survey and are asked to provide input on how to make DVCon Europe 2018 even better.
The 2nd edition of Accellera’s SystemC Evolution Day was co-located with DVCon Europe 2017, following its successful launch last year. The Accellera Systems Initiative announced a new library release for the SystemC core language, advancing the SystemC Ecosystem at this event.
For more information about DVCon Europe including the latest articles, see https://dvcon-europe.org/news.
DVCon around the globe in 2018
DVCon Europe 2018 will be held at the Holiday Inn in Munich, Germany on October 24th and 25th, 2018; details to be published soon. DVCon U.S. 2018 will be held February 26th – March 1st, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, CA. DVCon China will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Shanghai-Pudong Hotel, Shanghai on April 18th, 2018. DVCon India is planned for September 2018.