Following the Synopsys Cloud FlexEDA model, users sign a single cloud contract and purchase cloud credits. These cloud credits are used for all transactions in the BYOC (Bring Your Own Cloud) or SaaS deployments of Synopsys Cloud.
In BYOC, customers can run Synopsys EDA tools with pay-per-use access. Usage is metered and cloud credits are deducted per the hourly or by-the-minute access rates.
In a Synopsys Cloud SaaS deployment, cloud credits can be used for access to tools (called Apps), flows (called Instances), and Infrastructure (storage, compute).
The flexibility of unlimited, on-demand EDA tool license availability is at the core of the FlexEDA model. Chip designers design, schedule, and run specific EDA jobs based on where they are in the design cycle and their power, performance, and area (PPA) goals. Synopsys Cloud will automatically scale the EDA software based on the elastic cloud-scale infrastructure enabled by the designer for this specific job. This reduces the time to results and helps to improve quality of design. Let’s look at an example: A design team wants to start a job with 100 copies of a tool license running on 200 cores of compute. The team will pay for the time it takes to run that job; for example, eight hours. The design team pays for eight hours for those 100 copies of the license running on the 200 cores for that job.
That same team can pivot to a new portion of the design the next day, where they start with 1,000 copies of a tool license running on 20,000 cores. This scale-up in licenses and compute would reduce the run to one hour. And the team would pay for the compute and the tool licenses used for only that hour. Time to results is reduced by 8x.