When running EDA tools in a cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment, the system is typically designed to be completely automated to do what the customer has prescribed. The Synopsys Cloud SaaS model, for instance, provides an end-to-end, browser-based chip design environment with unlimited access to Synopsys EDA products via its FlexEDA licensing technology. Chip designers can securely access software, hardware, and support, taking advantage of the elasticity, flexibility, and scalability of the cloud without having to build or maintain infrastructure or manage license servers.
Incorporating third-party tools and licenses into an existing cloud environment can bring a new level of complexity. For one provider to feel comfortable having their tools running on another provider’s cloud environment, there are a host of legal as well as technical considerations to iron out before everything is up and running. Having to address how each third-party tool will be deployed and used in the cloud creates significant hardships for the customer. It can take weeks or months—precious time that aggressive project schedules can’t afford to accommodate. In addition, without a defined process to transfer tool entitlements and licenses, companies are forced to rely on less-than-secure methods such as email.
With the Synopsys Cloud OpenLink program, the legal agreements and technical implementation between Synopsys and the participating providers are taken care of in advance. Fundamental to the program, Synopsys has released an open interoperability application programming interface (API) specification. Synopsys Cloud OpenLink program members can use this API for system-level technical integration to enable the secure and seamless transfer of entitlements and license keys to Synopsys Cloud. Mutual customers can then access tools, licenses, and IP from within their Synopsys Cloud environment instantly with a few simple clicks.