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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


No Semiconductor Design Cloud Strategy? Really?

No Semiconductor Design Cloud Strategy? Really?
by Andrea Casotto on 03-14-2012 at 6:00 pm


I ask my customers about their cloud strategy and they all tell me “none”. The main reason is a red herring: “The legal department will never allow our IP outside our walls”.

Security issues on the cloud are largely solved, as proven by the fact that banks have no problem using external clouds. Behind the curtain, the real reason for… Read More


Farm Management

Farm Management
by Paul McLellan on 03-01-2012 at 5:34 pm

Every so often I come across a new company in EDA or one of its neighboring domains, new to me anyway, and new to SemiWiki. One such company is RunTime Design Automation (RTDA). They provide a suite of tools for managing server farms (or internal clouds which seems to be the trendy buzzword du jour). Running a few EDA scripts on a few servers… Read More