David Ljung Madison Stellar
Programming, Algorithm Design/Development, VLSI / CPU Verification
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To experience an incredible life and build amazing things.
- Verification Consultant ,Bluechip Systems.
May 2015 - Jan 2016.
- Verified secure communications between apps/device and an embedded
SoC running a custom Linux on a custom CPU
- Director of Verification, iCelero, LLC.
Jul 2007 - Dec 2013.
(Previously "3 Plus 1, Corp")
- Managed verification for a complex, fully-custom processor
under a very tight schedule
- Created complete toolchain and testbenches for
entire CPU verification process,
from block level to full-chip to SOC.
- Created highly sophisticated test packer/generator for VLIW CPU
- Handled custom design of many software verification packages
- Independent Consultant, DaveSource Consulting.
Jul 2002 - Present.
Contractor for VLSI/Processor Verification and/or software design/implementation.
I'm not terribly interested in full-time employment right now.
Some of the kind of things I've worked on:
- Full CPU verification
- Formal verification tool development.
- Designed and implemented operations management algorithms
under very tight schedules. Invented techniques that returned
an order of magnitude improvement in runtime and savings.
- Custom image sorting software.
- Custom web applications.
- CPU Verification Engineer, Transmeta Corp.
Jan 2000 - Jul 2002.
I split my time between tool development and block-level verification:
- Created cycle-accurate models (verilog, perl, scheme) of blocks for
testing/debug/verif as well as a fake front-end and testbench creation tool.
- Created testbenches for formal verification for a number of blocks.
- Wrote pseudo-directed random test generators (verilog, scheme).
- Accomplished such high coverage for blocks on final project (due to
formal verification and test generators) that
were found pre-silicon.
- CPU Verification Engineer, SandCraft Inc..
Jul 1998 - Jan 2000.
I was part of a
processor verification team.
- In charge of initial verification of the execute half of SR1/Montage CPU:
- Designed and implemented testbench in Behavioral Verilog/C PLI. Initially it
tested portions of the chip that were finished, and eventually
was used for full chip verification.
- Created the major tool flow for verification except for
some random code generators and the simulator.
- Wrote an assembler/template generator and a weightfile generator
- Wrote testplan, found and debugged failures with logic designers
- Wrote queueing software, status scripts, plenty of docs
- Preparation for next project (SR1-GX):
- Used down time to rewrite a large portion of the tool chain
and documentation to clean it up and add desired features.
- CPU Verification and Debug, VLSI Technology Lab, Hewlett-Packard.
Aug 1994 - Jun 1998.
I was working in the Engineering Systems Lab (now SVTD) in Fort Collins, Colorado
which designed the
line of workstation/server processors.
- Boot code and test framework
- Hardware environmental testing and debug software
- Finding and debugging failures
- Random code generators, test creation
- Test checkers and evaluators
- Tools writer
- Created the entire tool chain for post-silicon system debug
from scratch (except for some of the random code generators),
such as controller scripts, environment scripts, shmoo scripts,
failure searching and evaluation, boot code and test framework.
- Other duties:
- Lab Resource: Unix, programming, scripting..
- Tool geek (wrote CAD tools, personnel tools, etc..)
- Shareware Programmer,
I maintain a bunch of tools that I wrote at
album, the most
popular project on there, is highly ranked at
freshmeat and is
the first link if you search for the word album at
google, due to
- Shareware Programmer,
June 1993 - Current.
In college I spent a number of years creating a large software project
called the WizPort,
a solution to a very complex UNIX problem. The goal of the WizPort
was to allow non-root level users set up a virtual UNIX machine that
people could connect to on a different port. This 'machine' had it's
own filesystem with a file security system that was far more complex
and flexible than the UNIX system. Part of this project included
creating an entirely new UNIX shell and modifying many UNIX utilities
to work with the WizPort.
Project references available on request
- University Project, DEStiny
One of my favorite school projects was the DEStiny
chip. This was a VLSI implementation of the DES password encryption
algorithm that I created with a fellow student to demonstrate weaknesses in
current password security.
- Coolest Two Lines of Code Ever,
See the description at http://DaveSource.com/Projects/SpeedWaller.
6 months on two lines of code. Talk about dedication!
- Computer Languages
I write most of my big programs in C, Ruby, Perl or Java, though I have
written large projects in Assembly and Verilog. I have worked in C++, but
not for a while. Our test environment at Transmeta was in Scheme.
At one time I've even used the following languages: Lisp, Basic,
Fortran, Ruby, Python, sed, yacc, sh, ksh, zsh, csh, tcsh, and so forth.
I generally require only two days to learn a new language, and I gain
fluency soon thereafter.
- Computing Environments
I have experience in UNIX system administration/shell scripting
and have expertise in UNIX programming.
- Human Languages
I read and write English fluently.
I am a firm believer in writing understandable documentation and I have
been known to over-comment my code.
- Breaking things
I like to use things in new and interesting ways, I believe this makes
me a good verification engineer. I have managed to break and find bugs
in almost every tool I have used, including some of the big guys:
gcc, cpp preprocessor (a hang!), HPUX CC, HPUX linker, various assemblers,
perl (2 so far), various shells (tcsh, ksh, ..), various verilog
simulators (VCS, ESP), rccs versioning software, etc..
(Double major: Electrical Computer Engineering
with Computer Option and
1989-1994: University Of Wisconsin,
When I'm not programming geeky things, I love to cook, ski and play with the
many animals who live with me. I spend most of my free time
Time's Person of the Year, 2006