Code Coverage in HDL Editor? Now That’s a Nice Feature.

Sunil Sahoo, Corporate Applications Engineer
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For a long time I have been a fan of code coverage tools that are embedded into the simulators themselves, and which give you the ability to switch easily between the code and the coverage results. It is particularly helpful to have a way of navigating the hierarchy, selecting a coverage result and then being able to look into the source code and make changes.

 

I recently had occasion to explain to someone how the feature works in Aldec’s Riviera-PRO, and to reflect on the tool developments that led to this great capability. As you may be aware, Aldec has a number of legacy coverage tools that allow you to view the coverage results from within the simulator; and which give you easy access to the coverage results and the corresponding lines of code. With the introduction of our unified coverage database - in .acdb format – it became possible to see the code coverage results in a more flexible format. The biggest boost, in my opinion, was the introduction of a cross-probing capability.

 

For those of you who are wondering how to use this feature.

  • Open Riviera-PRO 2016.06 or newer and run your design with Coverage Enabled.
  • Open the datasets window (View-> Hierarchy and Objects-> Datasets).
  • Right-click in the window and select Add.
  • Add the .acdb file associated with your design (it should show up as Simulation n, where n is number).
  • Click on the newly added database.

 

To see the results in the HDL editor, you will need to enable additional columns in the HDL editor. Inside the HDL editor, in the top-right corner, there is a double arrow pointing left (<<). Clicking it adds a header row to the HDL editor. Right-click on that row, select Coverage and then select the various types of coverage you want to see. Once you have enabled the hidden columns and the .acdb file is added to the datasets window, any HDL file you open (for which coverage results have been collected) will show up on the HDL window.

 

 

If you are unable to figure how to add the columns or want to see some more cool features like these, check out the recent webinar presentation I gave about the topic.

 

Fast Track to Riviera-PRO, Part 2: Advanced Debugging, Code Coverage and Scripting

Sunil Sahoo provides support for customers exploring simulation tools as an Aldec Applications Engineer. His practical engineering experience includes areas in, Digital Designing, Functional Verification and Wireless Communications. He has worked in wide range of engineering positions that include Digital Design Engineer Verification Engineer and  Applications Engineer. He received his B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from VIT University, India in 2008 and M.S in Computer Engineering from Villanova University, PA in 2010.

  • Products:
  • Riviera-PRO
  • Advanced Verification

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