RTL-Datapath Verification using Integer Linear Programming

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RTL-Datapath Verification using Integer Linear Programming
Satisfiability of complex word-level formulas often arises as a problem in formal verification of hardware designs described at the register transfer level (RTL). Even though most designs are described in a hardware description language (HDL), like Verilog or VHDL, usually this problem is solved in the Boolean domain, using Boolean solvers. These engines often show a poor performance for data path verification. Instead of solving the problem at the bit-level, a method is proposed to transform conjunctions of bitvector equalities and inequalities into sets of integer linear arithmetic constraints. It is shown that it is possible to correctly model the modulo semantics of HDL operators as linear constraints. Integer linear constraint solvers are used as a decision procedure for bitvector arithmetic. In the implementation we focus on verification of arithmetic properties of Verilog-HDL designs. Experimental results show considerable performance advantages over high-end Boolean SAT solver...
Raik Brinkmann, Rolf Drechsler
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Type Conference
Year 2002
Authors Raik Brinkmann, Rolf Drechsler
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