Olivier Coudert on January 31st, 2014

I started 2013 very upbeat about EDA in the cloud. I pictured EDA very slowly moving to a SaaS business, using public clouds as a scalable infrastructure to adjust to the irregular computing resource requirements throughout the lifetime of a complex system design. I knew it would take years, but I felt that the moment […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 30th, 2012

Last week I was invited in Cambridge, UK, to participate to a panel at the FMCAD conference (Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design). The subject: “Model Checking in the Cloud”.  With another four people, we discussed the questions laid out by the panel moderator: How can model checking leverage the advantages of distributed and multi-core systems […]

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Olivier Coudert on May 29th, 2012

Cloud Slam’12 starts tomorrow, Wednesday May 30th, 2012. I’ll make a presentation there, please join and let’s talk about the future of EDA and chip design. These are the slides. And to make sure we keep our cool about all this:  

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Olivier Coudert on April 18th, 2012

Imera’s is relatively unknown, but it was recently touted as providing secured communication channels between EDA vendors and their customers. Imera has shut down its operations, leaving behind a number of customers (Broadcom, TSMC, Qualcomm, Sandisk, Infineon, Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor, etc). Usually a customer requiring support means that some design data need to be sent […]

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Olivier Coudert on December 18th, 2011

Synopsys recently announced they reached an agreement to acquire Magma. The natural questions are then “why”, and “is it a good thing”. Here are my two cents. The “why” first. For Synopsys, I can think of a few good reasons:   Magma’s Talus Vortex is still a disruption for many P&R Synopsys deals. Magma’s FineSim […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 11th, 2011

By now the EDA community should know that cloud computing in the industry is inevitable. Most CPU-time hungry tasks (e.g., logic simulation, extraction, physical verification) in the design flow cannot substantially be improved at the algorithmic level. Thus we must rely on massive parallelism to reduce wall time to acceptable levels. And since nobody wants […]

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Olivier Coudert on August 27th, 2011

So you got the news: Calypto acquired Catapult-C, the ESL synthesis tool from Mentor Graphics. Calypto has been into low power (using notably sequential optimization techniques) and sequential verification for a while. And the company has always been very close to Mentor Graphics: it had integrated its verification tool with Catapult-C as early as 2005. […]

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