Does IC design have a future in cloud computing? What are
the real and perceived obstacles, and how can they be overcome? A Design
Automation Conference panel will
discuss these questions Wednesday, June 16, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Anaheim,
Calif. Andreas Kuehlmann, director of Cadence Research Labs, is the panel
computing is not only a hot topic in EDA - it is generating excitement
throughout the software industry. As described in a seminal paper, "Above
the Clouds, a Berkeley View of Cloud Computing," it refers to the
applications delivered as services over the Internet and to the hardware and
systems software in the datacenters that provide those services. The
applications themselves are referred to as Software as a Service
(SaaS). Cloud computing thus promises access to substantial amounts of compute
power as needed, without having to purchase servers or set up an IT
In EDA, Andreas said, cloud computing promises "the
availability of large computing resources on demand. You can allocate resources
close to tapeout and do a lot of processing. This is very appealing to smaller
design houses who do not have the resources." He noted, however, that cloud
computing has a wide range of definitions and that "people have to find out
what it means for EDA."
The EDA industry, in fact, may not quickly embrace what some
would call a "pure" cloud computing/SaaS model. In a recent
presentation James Colgan, CEO of EDA cloud computing pioneer Xuropa, noted that a "pure" SaaS model -
exemplified by Quicken
Online or salesforce.com - may not
be appropriate for EDA, because it requires that applications be rewritten for
SaaS. He suggests a "hybrid SaaS" model that requires no code rewrites. Its
basis is what he calls "Infrastructure as a Service" (IaaS).
Real and perceived
According to the description, the DAC panel will discuss
"the real and perceived hurdles" that currently prevent broad adoption of cloud
computing in IC design. Andreas cited the following as potential points of
The panel will be chaired by Raul Camposano, consultant, who
had some exposure to cloud computing as CEO of analog simulation startup
Xoomsys. Panelists include John Chilton (Synopsys), James Colgan, Samuel George
(Cadence), Rean Griffith (U.C. Berkeley), Paul Leventis (Altera), and Deepak
Singh (Amazon). Samuel George works with Hosted Design Solutions
at Cadence. Rean Griffith was a
co-author of the Berkeley paper cited above.
Cloud computing, Andreas said, "could change everything,
from the business model to the way tools interact to the way we do design."
Noting the topic's significance and the knowledge of the panelists, this panel
is high on my priority list for DAC.
Whatever being referred to above is just a myth. Times have changed & cloud is the in thing. Organisations which adapt to cloud will have faster turnaround times & thereby get an cutting edge over competition. The ultimate cost of the Product would be far too lower. Hence the earlier one accepts, the faster one gan get the advantages.
Yes, EDA needs a new operating model to break into a higher value proposition. Selling a solution with an external or in-house (customer's own) cloud with access to a wider variety of tools, rather than the fixed pools of discounted licenses that have dragged the industry down.
The Berkeley paper you cite is really a must read for anyone wanting to understand the basics of cloud computing. A must read.
As you know, I've felt pretty strongly that Cloud Computing and SaaS have a future in EDA. A little over a year ago when I held that DVCon panel on the subject, many attendees did not even know what cloud computing was. It's great to see that it now warrants a session at DAC.