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Today, with transistor counts as high as over 19 billion, and electronic designing demands routinely surpassing the capacity of company data centres, the cloud can offer huge productivity benefits – not possible with in-house data centres. What could moving to the cloud do for your projects and productivity?

Below is an excerpt of a discussion between Nimeesh Kumar of Electronics For You and Craig Johnson, vice president of Cloud Business Development and Carl Siva, vice president of Information Technology, Cloud at Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Q. How would you describe the Cadence Cloud Portfolio?

The Cadence Cloud portfolio consists of Cadence-managed and customer-managed environments that enable electronic product developers to use the scalability of the cloud to securely manage the exponential increase in design complexity. With the new portfolio offerings, customers gain access to improved productivity, scalability, security and flexibility, through scalable compute resources available in minutes or hours instead of months or weeks, achieving better overall throughput in the development process.

Q. What all features/tools does it include to call it a portfolio?

We call our cloud offerings a portfolio because it comprehends a wide variety of use cases and is suitable for customers of all sizes. The customer-managed option is designed for customers who establish and manage their own IT and business relationships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Microsoft Azure. As part of the customer-managed option, there is a Cadence Cloud Passport model that includes cloud-ready Cadence software tools that have been tested for use in the cloud, a cloud-based license server for high reliability and access to Cadence software through familiar download mechanisms. The Cadence-managed option consists of the Cadence Cloud-Hosted Design Solution, a portal to ease setup and the Cadence Palladium Cloud Solution.

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Fig:1 This figure shows the basic configuration of Cadence cloud platform.

The Cadence Cloud-Hosted Design Solution provides software tools in a fully-supported, managed and EDA-optimised design environment built on AWS or Microsoft Azure that has been customised for company-specific infrastructure requirements.

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Cadence has developed a portal that easily provides cloud setup, maintenance and job management functionality in a rapidly deployable cloud environment to cover peak requirements in areas such as logic simulation and library characterisation.

Additionally, Cadence introduced the Cadence Palladium Cloud solution, a directly delivered, cloud-based emulation solution that easily addresses peak needs of existing Palladium customers and brings emulation hardware access and benefits to new customers and markets. With the Palladium Cloud solution, customers purchase gate capacity, which is used when needed. Cadence maintains the emulation hardware in a professionally managed data centre, freeing users from installation and operational responsibilities.

Q. What’s unique about it vis-à-vis your earlier solutions and that of your competitors?

Prior to the introduction of the Cadence Cloud portfolio, Cadence gained extensive cloud experience by hosting design environments for more than 100 customers of varying sizes and architecting many of its products to be massively parallel for improved scalability in the cloud. This experience led Cadence to develop the new portfolio, which is the industry’s first broad portfolio on the market. The timing of our introduction is based on our assessment of the readiness of customers, cloud providers, and technology demands. Support from cloud provider partners and foundries further enable this portfolio to be comprehensive, while removing obstacles one may face when migrating to the cloud.

Q. Why was the need felt for such a cloud-based solution as compared to on-premise solutions?

The Cadence Cloud portfolio consists of Cadence-managed and customer-managed environments so that customers have the flexibility to adopt the option that best meets their business needs. We anticipate that both models will remain popular for many years.

Q. Who’s the primary target audience for this Portfolio? How will it help them?

The customer-managed environment, based on the Cadence Cloud Passport model, is well-suited for companies who have the means and expertise to manage their own cloud infrastructure internally.

The Cadence-managed environment, which consists of the Cadence Cloud-Hosted Design Solution, a portal to ease setup and the Cadence Palladium Cloud Solution is suitable for start-ups through large enterprise companies.

Startups and small companies can benefit from a customised cloud environment because it reduces the need for capital infrastructure investments and certain computer-aided design (CAD) and IT expenses, empowering these companies to offload their entire design environment and instead focus entirely on IC and system design innovation. Medium to large companies can also benefit from Cadence-managed environments by moving an entire design project, a functional domain or peak compute workloads from their own data centers to the cloud.

Q. With the cloud offerings, do you believe that you will be able to attract new segments of the market?

The cloud is a new type of delivery model for our hardware and software design products. Companies who design electronic systems and semiconductors have expertise that extends beyond the manner in which our offerings are provided. The cloud gives our customers new ways to use our tools and should be a factor in driving a preference for Cadence.  

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