In the spotlight panel discussion, EDA on Cloud: Yesterday’s Pipe Dream is Today’s Reality, industry experts from AMD, GlobalFoundries, Marvell, Tanzanite Silicon Solutions, and Synopsys dissected the various pros and cons of EDA workloads in the cloud, the need for a frictionless “lift and shift” experience for teams transitioning, and why change management, cost, and data management will play important roles as teams look to achieve the desired scale and acceleration from cloud environments.
A few years ago, customers were just getting used to the concept of EDA on the cloud and would only move a few workloads at a time to validate the effort and costs involved. Fast forward to today, many customers opt to have all of their chip design projects on cloud or burst to cloud for peak needs. From established design houses to startups “born in the cloud,” both camps are driven by the many benefits that the cloud provides — faster time to results, enhanced quality of results, and better cost of results — without having to invest extensively.
“Any modern software company that starts their journey today is already born in the cloud, develops software on GitHub, uses DevOps to establish operations, and has tie-ups with cloud service providers,” said Shankar Krishnamoorthy, general manager, Silicon Realization Group at Synopsys. “With the latest announcement of Synopsys Cloud, our vision is to equip every one of these new hardware design teams with the best EDA workflows and reference flows for all desired applications so that they don’t need to worry about these conventional barriers of entry.”
What will the future look like? The five panelists reached a unanimous consensus that despite the evolution of the cloud being different for each company, cloud is here to stay … and EDA is perhaps one of the many ways that teams can make the most of the larger cloud infrastructure.