With every process node and every SOC design, engineering and IT teams are experiencing an unprecedented data explosion. User workspaces routinely exceed 10’s of GB and sometimes even 100’s of GB. Regression runs, characterization runs, design and debug of workspaces, building verification environments – all of these put a great stress on Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Cloud resources, create NFS and IO bottlenecks, and cause significant project delays. And things are only going to get worse.
WarpStor is a Content Aware optimizer and accelerator that works to dramatically reduce workspace storage requirements, engineering workspace creation time, network IO bandwidth, and provides almost “lightspeed” data sync whether you are using on premise storage, cloud storage, or both.
Unlike other systems, WarpStor optimizes user workspaces at build time. It does not require any kernel level changes on the client machines, and it does not require post-processing like some data-deduplication technologies. It works in real time and scales easily as needed. For example, additional WarpStor instances can be added at any time on premise, across the enterprise at remote datacenters, and to the cloud, all without disrupting ongoing projects. WarpStor provides its benefits through the use of proprietary technology that creates and manages workspace ‘Masters’ and ‘Clones’. It is transparent to all users. Workspaces are built as fully functional ‘Clones’ of an existing master. These clones start off nearly empty, but to the OS and applications, they appear like any other set of files on disk. As users or applications modify files in the workspace, WarpStor makes the actual file blocks instantly available in the workspace using highly efficient ‘Copy-On-Write’ technology.
This only makes those blocks within files that have been modified local to the workspace at the time of writing. This ensures that workspaces occupy the minimum possible space on disk, as all blocks that are common between a master and its clones are abstracted away. The results experienced by users are dramatic – incremental data syncs are virtually “lightspeed” across the enterprise, workspace creation time is reduced to seconds from minutes or hours and, at the same time, users can see up to 90% reduction in storage requirements and a corresponding reduction in network IO traffic.
In summary, WarpStor can be viewed as a seamless way to radically reduce your expensive storage requirements and engineering workspace creation and submit times for all design and test related workspaces. It works with your current storage and cloud solutions, your current IT infrastructure, and your current IT policies.
Methodics solutions enable high-performance hierarchical analog/mixed signal, digital, software, embedded software, and SOC design collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams, assuring full traceability of the use and reuse of important design assets for Functional Safety compliance with such standards as ISO26262 and DO-254. With Methodics, traceability is built into the design process – it’s not added on as an after thought.
Advanced IP distribution, cataloging, and workspace management ensure that no matter where designers are located they have full visibility into the IP available to them and can easily access the corresponding data.
And integration of IP Lifecycle Management with industry-standard data management solutions, such as Perforce, Subversion, Git and others makes designs more efficient and predictable, and with higher quality. This approach ensures data is safe, always available, and that the tools can take advantage of the latest advancements from the software configuration management community.
Our highly scalable and industry proven solutions are ideal for large multinational, multisite SoC design teams as well as for small, specialized design teams. www.methodics.com