Implementation Patterns provide solutions to the construction problem for various verification infrastructures. Since the construction of contemporary testbenches are essentially large software projects, which utilize object-oriented features found in SystemVerilog and UVM, a lot of the prior work in software patterns is applicable to verification Implementation Patterns.
The Implementation Patterns in our library are organized into the following three subcategories, as illustrated in the previous figure: Environment, Stimulus, and Analysis. The Environment patterns are those that are used in testbench architecture, construction, configuration, and communication/synchronization. These patterns are the ones that capture the structural and behavior aspects of the core verification environment model. Stimulus patterns capture the behavior, strategy, and types of stimulus. Similarly, Analysis patterns are used to capture the behavior, strategy, and types of response checking and coverage. For reuse, analysis and stimulus have no interaction or interdependency. The environment (testbench) includes infrastructure, interconnect, resource sharing, synchronization, and so on. As such, it touches both analysis and stimulus. It is the structure in which both analysis and stimulus reside and operate.
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