Cadence Design Systems has made a collection of its tools suitable for cloud computing, providing them for both Cadence- and customer-managed environments.
Cadence said it gained experience and a better understanding of what to offer by hosting design environments for more than 100 customers of varying sizes. Over the past several years, the company has developed many of its core products to be massively parallel so they will scale across multiple servers in the cloud.
Cadence will provide cloud support to customers who establish and manage their systems or who use third-party server offerings such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or the Google Cloud Platform. The Cadence Cloud Passport model includes cloud-ready Cadence software, a cloud-based license server, and access to Cadence software through conventional contract mechanisms.
The initial Cadence products that are cloud-ready include tools for circuit simulation, power and EM analysis, logic simulation, formal verification, physical verification, timing signoff, extraction, power integrity, and library characterization. Additional tools will be made available in cloud-ready versions based on customer demand.
Cadence will also offer its own managed cloud service built on either AWS or Azure systems that is aimed primarily at startups and smaller companies. The company has developed a portal that provides cloud setup, maintenance, and job management to cover peak requirements in areas such as logic simulation and library characterization. Cadence expects some usage from larger companies, with some moving individual design projects to the cloud or using the hosted service for temporary offload or for specific tasks, such as regressions for verification.
Similar to Mentor, Cadence will provide access to emulation through a cloud-based interface. Palladium is intended to address both the peak needs of existing Palladium customers and to support customers who cannot justify buying an emulator outright. With the Palladium Cloud, customers purchase gate capacity, which is used when needed. Cadence maintains the emulation hardware in a managed data center.
“We’ve delivered the Cadence Cloud portfolio to address the challenges our customers face—the unsustainable peak compute needs created by complex chip designs and exponentially increasing design data,” said Anirudh Devgan, president of Cadence. “By leading this industry shift to the cloud, we’re enabling our customers to adopt the cloud quickly.”