Justin Refice Receives Accellera Systems Initiative Technical Excellence Award

NVIDIA's Refice will be recognized for his contributions to UVM at DVCon on March 2, 2015

Elk Grove, Calif., February 25, 2015 -- Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera) announced today that Justin Refice, a member of the Universal Verification Methodology Working Group (UVM WG), is the recipient of the fourth annual Accellera Technical Excellence Award. The award is being presented at the Design and Verification Conference and Exhibition (DVCon) on Monday, March 2, 2015 during the Accellera Day luncheon from 12:00-1:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements Mr. Refice has made to the organization's UVM standardization efforts, including his significant contributions to the development of UVM 1.2, which improves interoperability and reduces the cost of IP development and reuse for each new project.

"Since the formation of the UVM Working Group, tremendous strides have been made to improve SoC productivity throughout the industry," said Karen Pieper, Accellera Technical Committee Chair. "The leaders in the standards community play an integral part in not only developing standards, but also raising awareness and acceptance of the standards they champion. Accellera has been recognizing these leaders with the Technical Excellence Award since 2012, and we are pleased to announce Justin as the winner of the 2015 award."

"Because of his strong technical leadership skills, his impact on the team, and the significant effort he has put into making UVM accepted among the industry worldwide, Justin is well-deserving of this award," stated Tom Alsop, co-chair of the UVM WG. "He has played a vital role in the progression and success of the UVM standard."

"I'm honored to receive this prestigious award from my peers," said Mr. Refice, who serves as a Senior Verification Engineer at NVIDIA. "The development of UVM has truly been a collaborative effort of the UVM WG. I am privileged to be able to work with such an outstanding, skilled group of individuals. It's gratifying to see the progression of UVM in the industry and the benefits being realized by the user community."

Mr. Refice has been a member of the UVM WG since 2010. He has developed major components for UVM 1.2 and has been very active in its definition. During the standardization process for UVM 1.2, he focused most of his efforts to clean up the specification as well as effect functional enhancements and optimizations for the reference implementation. In his work at NVIDIA, Mr. Refice is responsible for the development and integration of verification methodology within the GPU organization. Previously he has held contributor positions at Advanced Micro Devices and Unisys. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

About the Accellera Technical Committee
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