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Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Engineering (DEng)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Year Degree Awarded
Computer and Systems Architecture | Digital Circuits | Hardware Systems | VLSI and Circuits, Embedded and Hardware Systems
In the era of multi-core computing, the push for creating true parallel applications that can run on individual CPUs is on the rise. Application of parallel discrete event simulation (PDES) to hardware design verification looks promising, given the complexity of today’s hardware designs. Unfortunately, the challenges imposed by lack of inherent parallelism, suboptimal design partitioning, synchronization and communication overhead, and load balancing, render this approach largely ineffective. This thesis presents three techniques for accelerating simulation at three levels of abstraction namely, RTL, functional gate-level (zero-delay) and gate-level timing. We review contemporary solutions and then propose new ways of speeding up simulation at the three levels of abstraction. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approaches on several industrial hardware designs.
Ahmad, Tariq B., "Parallel Multi-core Verilog HDL Simulation" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations. 45.