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CadenceLIVE Silicon Valley took place last week. It turned out to be the second in-person event that I attended that week since I was also at the first couple of days of the RSA Conference up in San Francisco. It was good to escape from sitting in front of my computer and staring at Zoom screens. I guess a lot of other people felt the same way since the event felt as crowded as it used to.
We announced two products during the show, Cadence OnCloud and Optimality Intelligent System Explorer. You can read full details of those in the posts I wrote last week, so I won't recap that here. The two posts are:
Cadence OnCloud SaaS and e-Commerce Platform, the Next Step of Cadence's Cloud Journey
Optimality Intelligent System Explorer
We went a bit wild with the cloud theme in the exhibit hall at the reception at the end of the first day.
Cloud ice sculpture (and ice-cold sky-blue margaritas, too).
And even dancing clouds.
KT was the MC (that's far too many initials!) for the day. The opening keynote was by Cadence's President and CEO Anirudh Devgan. He discussed the importance of Cadence Cloud and then introduced Cadence OnCloud to the audience. Always an engineer at heart, he then moved on to an equation...in a keynote. It was Y = F(X), so not a very complex equation. Until recently, he said, EDA tools have been built knowing X and knowing F. X is the design and F is the algorithm, so we run the algorithm on the design and produce the output Y. So this is inside-out. With AI and machine learning approaches, we know Y, and we know X, but we don't know F. Training neural networks for machine learning is deducing values for the matrix weights, and so it is outside in. This is the big difference between programming and training.
The final keynote was by Cadence's Tom Beckley. In Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado, the character Pooh-Bah describes himself as the "Lord High Everything Else," and I sometimes think Tom deserves that title, too. He runs PCB, packaging, custom design, RF, computational fluid dynamics, our system analysis business, and probably more. Of course, he talked about how all this is coming together, driven by Industry 4.0, that is connecting manufacturing closer and closer together with design. In fact, one of the presentations I attended on the second day of CadenceLIVE was a joint presentation by Dassault and Cadence on just this topic. Watch out for a post on that sometime soon.
I spent my lunches not eating lunch but signing books, along with Frank Schirrmeister. I wrote about our new book in May in my post New Book: Hyperscale Computing Trends 2022. We will be giving them away at the Design Automation Conference in July and also at more of the CadenceLIVE events around the world.
I attended several presentations on the technical tracks, many of which I plan to write up in blog posts over the coming weeks.
Nothing direct to do with CadenceLIVE, but here is Lando Norris welcoming Cadence to Team McLaren. They did well in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last weekend, with both drivers finishing in the points, Daniel Ricciardo in 8th place and Lando in 9th.
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