Presenter: PCLee 2012.08.27 Post-silicon validation is used to identify design errors in silicon. Its main limitation is real-time observability of the circuit’s internal nodes. In this paper, we introduce a novel design-for-debug architecture which automatically allocates distributed trace buffers to handle debug data acquisition requests from multiple sources located in different cores. Using resourceefficient and intelligent control placed on-chip, we show how real-time observability can be improved, thus helping bridge the gap between pre-silicon verification and post-silicon validation for SOC designs. What’s the problem: Pre-silicon verification is insufficient in eliminating error because the complex SOC design. The previous DFD architecture is not flexible for each design. The proposed method: Trace buffer-based debug. Real-time observability in multi-core design. DFD architecture on distributed embedded logic analysis.  Scanbased debug Real-time in not possible cause CUD has to stop Trace buffer-based debug  Trigger units distributed trigger unit  compression technique data restoration technique assertion checker cross trigger  centralized trace buffer Not simultaneous  Multi trace buffers 1.multi-core debug 2.high-speed trace ports THIS PAPER 1. When there are multiple trigger events occurring simultaneously, how to choose trace buffers to sample data from different data sources? 2. When some of the trace buffers are already occupied, is it necessary to reallocate the trace buffers when a new trigger event from a different data source occurs? 3. How to allocate trace buffers when the number of sample requests is more than the number of available trace buffers? 4. How to allocate trace buffers for data sampling before knowing when trigger events from multiple data sources will happen? 5. How to decide which trace buffers to offload first when multiple trace buffers are idle? 6. How to balance the sampled data among trace buffers such that more trace buffers will have available space for fulfilling upcoming data acquisition requests? 7. In the case when debug experiments are repeatable, can the controller be reprogrammed to acquire different sets of debug data during each rerun of the experiment? Decide the priority of each segment data in trace buffer Trace buffer control unit update the status registers for controlling the read/write operations of the trace buffers. Decide where the debug data should be allocated. Information about data smpling before trigger Queue FSM decides priority Over-writing some segment of 3 Configure two control register first Window size: how big does the debugging data we need Window position: starting address of the debugging data Continuously instead data Continuously instead data Queue FSM decide priority of offloading Queue FSM is reprogrammabl e, let us change the priority Paper conclusion: This paper introduced a novel DFD architecture for complex multi-core designs. My conclusion: They consider many scenarios to solve the problems in multicore debug. The reconfigurable mechanism for FSM makes debugging more flexible. The implementation and application are advancement.