Scalable Certification Framework for Behavioral Synthesis Front-End

Z. Yang, K. Hao, K. Cong, L. Lei, S. Ray, and F. Xie

In S. Hassoun, C. Alpert, and S. Hu editors, 51st International ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC 2014), San Francisco, CA, USA, June 2014. ACM.

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Abstract

Behavioral synthesis entails application of a sequence of transformations to compile a high-level description of a hardware design (e.g., in C/C++/SystemC) into a register-transfer level (RTL) implementation. In this paper, we present a scalable equivalence checking framework to validate the correctness of compiler transformations employed by behavioral synthesis front-end. Our approach makes use of dual-rail symbolic simulation of the input and output of a transformation, together with identification and inductive verification of their loop structures. We have evaluated our framework on transformations applied by an open source behavioral synthesis tool to designs from the CHStone benchmark. Our tool can automatically validate more than 75 percent of the total of 1008 compiler transformations applied, taking an average time of 1.5 seconds per transformation.

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