On the Verification of a WiMax Design Using Symbolic Simulation

Salim Ismail Al-Akhras
(Concordia University)
Sofiène Tahar
(Concordia University)
Gabriela Nicolescu
(Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal)
Michel Langevin
(STMicroelectronics Inc.)
Pierre Paulin
(STMicroelectronics Inc.)

In top-down multi-level design methodologies, design descriptions at higher levels of abstraction are incrementally refined to the final realizations. Simulation based techniques have traditionally been used to verify that such model refinements do not change the design functionality. Unfortunately, with computer simulations it is not possible to completely check that a design transformation is correct in a reasonable amount of time, as the number of test patterns required to do so increase exponentially with the number of system state variables. In this paper, we propose a methodology for the verification of conformance of models generated at higher levels of abstraction in the design process to the design specifications. We model the system behavior using sequence of recurrence equations. We then use symbolic simulation together with equivalence checking and property checking techniques for design verification. Using our proposed method, we have verified the equivalence of three WiMax system models at different levels of design abstraction, and the correctness of various system properties on those models. Our symbolic modeling and verification experiments show that the proposed verification methodology provides performance advantage over its numerical counterpart.

In Adel Bouhoula, Tetsuo Ida and Fairouz Kamareddine: Proceedings Fourth International Symposium on Symbolic Computation in Software Science (SCSS 2012), Gammarth, Tunisia, 15-17 December 2012, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 122, pp. 23–37.
Published: 30th July 2013.

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