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Better License Usage vs More Licenses

Better License Usage vs More Licenses
by Paul McLellan on 11-22-2013 at 11:00 am

When you see a new product announcement from an EDA company, it is always put in terms that make it seem as if the engineer is sitting at his or her desktop with a big server and is running the new tool to wondrous effect. But the reality in the real world is that most companies have a computing infrastructure of server farms, often several… Read More


LicenseMonitor Users’ Group Silicon Valley

LicenseMonitor Users’ Group Silicon Valley
by Paul McLellan on 07-03-2013 at 3:03 am

If DAC is the most general event in our industry, then the LicenseMonitor Users’ Group Silicon Valley has to be one of the most focused. It was held back in May but one of the key presentations was Brian Janes of RTDA talking about what is new in the latest version of LicenseMonitor which is 2013.03.

Like a number of people at RTDA,… Read More


Sandisk and NetworkComputer

Sandisk and NetworkComputer
by Paul McLellan on 05-07-2013 at 12:33 pm

Robert Veltman and Vikash Tyagi of SanDisk Corporation presented at SNUG a few weeks ago on their selection and use of RTDA’s NetworkComputer to manage their workflows.

Like everyone else, SanDisk has a high-performance computing farm (and like everyone else they are coy about how big it is) and lots of licenses for EDA tools,… Read More


RTDA at Altera

RTDA at Altera
by Paul McLellan on 03-12-2013 at 8:05 pm

I talked to Yaron Kretchmer of Altera to find out how they are using RTDA’s products. I believe that Altera are the oldest customer of RTDA, dating back over 15 years, originally used by the operations team around the test floor before propagating out in the EDA and software worlds more recently.

Altera use two RTDA tools, LicenceMonitorRead More


A Brief History of RTDA

A Brief History of RTDA
by Paul McLellan on 10-05-2012 at 7:06 am

Andrea Casotto, the CEO of RTDA, started the company in Alameda in 1995, initially by himself, to market the FlowTracer software technology.

The early version of the technology was created as part of his PhD thesis at UC Berkeley, when Andrea sought automated ways to help engineering students who were having problems using EDA … Read More


How Many Licenses Do You Buy?

How Many Licenses Do You Buy?
by Paul McLellan on 07-23-2012 at 6:16 pm

An informal survey of RTDA customers reveals that larger companies tend to buy licenses based on peak usage while smaller companies do not have that luxury and have to settle for fewer licenses than they would ideally have and optimize the mix of licenses that they can afford given their budget. Larger companies get better prices… Read More


How to Use Those Licenses Effectively

How to Use Those Licenses Effectively
by Paul McLellan on 06-12-2012 at 8:05 pm

So DAC is over and you are no longer thinking about the features and benefits of new tools or even the tools that you already own. But once you have lots of tools then you need to worry about how to use them efficiently.

But here are three things that you need to worry about to get the most out of your EDA investment:

  • how do you measure the actual
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Going with the Flow at AMD

Going with the Flow at AMD
by Paul McLellan on 05-19-2012 at 11:00 am

At EDPS in Monterey, Tom Spyrou of AMD talked about their compute environment in the context of parallel algorithms. I discovered that they are a big user of RTDA’s FlowTracer so I talked to Philip Steinke at AMD about how they used it.

He said that they largely use it as described in The Art of Flows as a graphical distributed … Read More


RTDA at DAC: Scale to Millions of Jobs

RTDA at DAC: Scale to Millions of Jobs
by Paul McLellan on 05-10-2012 at 7:00 pm

RTDA is all about enterprise level scalability. Their three main products all scale to be able to handle the most demanding needs of large companies with large farms of servers. Of course there are some new refinements too.

LicenseMonitor can scale to 70,000 simultaneous checkouts with 1 billion checkout records in the database.… Read More


Do you need more machines? Licenses? How can you find out?

Do you need more machines? Licenses? How can you find out?
by Paul McLellan on 04-26-2012 at 9:00 pm

Do you need more servers? Do you need more licenses? If you are kicking off a verification run of 10,000 jobs on 1,000 server cores then you are short of 9000 cores and 9000 licenses, but you’d be insane to rush out with a purchase order just on that basis. Maybe verification isn’t even on the critical path for your design,… Read More