On her Standards Game Blog today, Karen Bartleson announced that Accellera is forming a subcommittee to define a standard for verification interoperability. That is, to try to settle the VMM / OVM war. As I have stated before in comments on JL Gray’s Cool Veification Blog, this is the right move because it give us input into the process, rather than just the EDA vendors controlling the process for their own benefit. Also, as I argued in a previous post entitled “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, the influence and pressure of the verification community and especially the Cool Verification Blog were at least in part responsible.
Of course, Synopsys will tell you that they are just doing the right thing
It’s not clear how Cadence and Mentor will respond. Hopefully they’ll join the effort. Let’s keep the pressure on.