The advent of the cloud will be one of those major inflection points in history, allowing engineers to improve productivity, performance, and time-to-market.
Essentially, breaking free of the constraints placed on innovation by limited compute can offer opportunities to do things in a different way and it becomes an equalizer for small organizations to compete with larger ones. Many IC design engineering teams are accustomed to the constraints of capacity. This affects the overall quality of the final product and the time to market. What opportunities are missed by not being able to deliver the highest possible quality in a market-winning timeframe because there simply aren’t enough on-demand compute resources and EDA licenses available to accelerate the delivery?
At the end of the day, the main resource constraint is the people. Engineer time is the most valuable and the most limiting factor. Engineers being blocked, waiting for lengthy batch compute jobs to complete is not an effective use of engineering talent. With capacity and availability constraints lifted, talented engineers can focus on the things that they do best: innovating.
Earlier we asked, “why cloud, why now?” and characterized the present situation as a perfect storm in which growth in systemic complexity drives compute and EDA demands exponentially, and modern AI-enhanced EDA technologies further increase this demand. Both CSPs and EDA vendors offer usage models that make cloud adoption affordable and scalable for IC hardware developers.
What’s more, if the competition is already exploiting this vast resource to deliver products faster, why shouldn’t you do the same?