DVCon 2013 Announces Record Attendance, Best Paper & Best Poster Awards

  DVCon 2013 Announces Record Attendance, Best Paper & Best Poster Awards

                  Adds Dennis Brophy as Vice Chair for 2014

DVCon 2013

Business Wire

LOUISVILLE, Colo. -- March 1, 2013

The Design and Verification Conference (DVCon), sponsored by Accellera Systems
Initiative, concluded this week with record attendance and many attendees
excited about the new information and material they gathered during the
conference. Overall attendance rose to 883, including full conference and
exhibit only registration. Attendance was further enhanced by more than 200
exhibitor personnel that also had access to the panels and keynote. The
conference continues to attract new exhibitors, and this year was no exception
with 7 first timers.

The Award for Best Paper, as voted by conference attendees, went to Mark
Litterick of Verilab, Inc. for his paper, “SVA Encapsulation in UVM – Enabling
Phase and Configuration Aware Assertions.” Two Honorable Mentions were
awarded: “Who’s Watching the Watchmen? The Time has Come to Objectively
Measure the Quality of Your Verification Environment” by David C. Brownell,
Analog Devices, Inc., and “The Finer Points of UVM: Tasting Tips for the
Connoisseur” by John Aynsley, Doulos.

The poster sessions have become a highly anticipated part of the DVCon
program, and for the first time, awards for the Best Poster Presentation were
given this year. Posters titled “Unconstrained UVM SystemVerilog Performance”
by West Queen, IBM Corp., and Justin A. Sprague and John Pierce, Cadence
Design Systems, and “Monitors, Monitors Everywhere - Who is Monitoring the
Monitors? SystemVerilog UVM Monitors and Scoreboards” by Rich Edelman and
Raghu Ardeishar, Mentor Graphics Corp., won top honors.

“I was very impressed with the quality and intensity of the technical
discussions this year,” stated Stan Krolikoski, Ph.D., DVCon General Chair and
Distinguished Engineer at Cadence. “In many cases, I witnessed discussions
that began during a tutorial, technical session or panel that continued long
after the sessions had ended. The sharing of ideas and connections among
colleagues continues to be a valuable part of DVCon.”

“The Technical Program Committee has been very pleased with the quality of
paper submissions for DVCon, and this year continued that trend with a record
number of excellent proposals,” commented Ambar Sarkar, Ph.D., DVCon Program
Chair and Chief Verification Technologist at Paradigm Works. “The uptick in
both quality and quantity is consistent with the overall growth of the
conference. We are very proud of what we’re seeing presented. And the poster
sessions were a great hit as expected.”

The Steering Committee has added Dennis Brophy, Accellera Systems Initiative
board member and Mentor Graphics Design Verification and Test Division
director of strategic business development, as Vice Chair for 2014. Krolikoski
will continue as General Chair.

Highlights of the Week:

Ten years ago no one would have imagined there was a need for a million
software developers to build apps for smart phones. Similarly, the Industry
Leaders Panel, “The Road to 1M Design Starts,” moderated by JL Gray, vice
president at Verilab and author of the “Cool Verification” blog, left
attendees wondering what would happen if chip design was as accessible to the

Accellera Systems Initiative Day was held on Monday to kick off the
conference. Janick Bergeron was recognized during the Accellera-sponsored
luncheon as the recipient of the 2013 Accellera Technical Excellence Award. He
is a member of the Verification Intellectual Property Technical Subcommittee.

The DVCon 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 2014 even better.

About DVCon

DVCon is the premier conference for discussion of the functional design and
verification of electronic systems. DVCon is sponsored by Accellera Systems
Initiative, an industry consortium dedicated to the development and
standardization of design and verification languages. For more information
about Accellera, please visit www.accellera.org. For more information about
DVCon, please visit www.dvcon.org. Follow @dvcon on Twitter or to comment,
please use #dvcon.


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