The electronic design automation (EDA) industry adopted a cloud services model somewhat later than other businesses, due primarily to concerns about the protection and control of intellectual property (IP). Cloud providers responded by enhancing and extending security, and today IP providers (most importantly, the foundries) have embraced the use of cloud technology. The most common form of cloud  technology in the semiconductor industry is PaaS (Platform as a Service), in which EDA companies enable their customers to develop and run their process design kits (PDKs) on a cloud platform.

With 2x more transistors being added node over node, and ever-larger and more complex foundry rule decks, the amount of computing required for today’s integrated circuit (IC) designs makes it challenging to obtain and support the requisite amount of computing resources needed to maintain fast design rule checking (DRC) runtimes on premise.

In this paper:

• Cloud computing for EDA
• Leveraging scaling capability
• Making the cloud more cost-effective
• Workflow efficiency