Cadence ports 3D solver to the cloud

Cadence ports 3D solver to the cloud
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Cadence Design Systems has ported its Clarity 3D Solver to the Amazon cloud, scaling from 32 to thousands of processing cores. 
By Nick Flaherty


The Clarity 3D Solver Cloud tool provides the ability to scale 3D finite element method (FEM) simulation capacity using Amazon Web Services (AWS). The tool is used acorss a wide range of electronics designs, from chips to boards and systems.

The hybrid cloud approach gives users the option to simulate using local compute resources or cloud simulation resources without having to add to either on-premises or cloud computing budgets. Cloud simulations keep design data safe on local computers while sending only encrypted simulation-specific data to the cloud. Clarity 3D Solver Cloud automatically sets up and simulates in a private and secure AWS chamber, accessing the user-defined number of compute cores. Simulation results are returned to the local on-premises computer(s) while the data in the secure AWS chamber is immediately deleted. This means the 3D EM data is protected and only discoverable on the customer’s local device.

“Cadence’s approach to accelerating Clarity 3D Solver simulations on AWS allows customers to leverage high-performance cloud resources and achieve faster turnaround time,” said David Pellerin, Head of Worldwide Industry Business Development, Semiconductors, AWS. “We are delighted to be working with Cadence on Clarity Cloud and on future innovations that support our shared customers in their transition to cloud.”

The demand on 3D EM simulation is being driven by faster data transfer speeds and frequency specs for DDR5 memory, 112G interconnect and 5G NR wireless. Scaling on the cloud allows EM simulations on entire complex systems without having to buy additional on-premises compute resources to run more EM simulations.

The underlying CloudBurst platform allows the number of compute cores to be controlled by the design engineer. When additional compute nodes are needed beyond what is available locally, flexible terms are available for adding capacity to accelerate simulation time during peak usage or to decrease time-to-simulation results when simulating larger, more complex structures. The goal is to empower customers to decrease EM simulation times while expanding EM design analysis.

“Clarity 3D Solver Cloud delivers a flexible, scalable solution for our customers so they can solve large, complex and leading-edge EM designs on demand, without waiting for compute resources to become available,” said Ben Gu, vice president of multiphysics system analysis in the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “The hybrid cloud approach keeps design data secure on-premises, provides a straightforward and familiar user experience for our Clarity 3D Solver customers, and most importantly, accelerates EM results using state-of-the-art AWS compute resources to generate 3D FEM electromagnetic analysis results.”

“Simulation to ensure first-time right designs is a prerequisite for success in a high-speed interconnect system, and the ability to rapidly deliver these advanced technology services enhances Sanmina’s solution offerings to our leading-edge customers. The Clarity 3D Solver provides unsurpassed speed and capacity, and now, with the new cloud solution, we can quickly respond to demanding simulation needs without front-end loaded capital expenses and delays from procurement of compute resources. In addition, the convenience of running large simulations from our notebook computers allows us to optimize IT budgets without impacting engineering productivity,” said Drew Doblar, VP of Engineering, at contract manufacturer Sanmina.

“At Enflame Technology, our AI chips need to be delivered in reliable hardware to serve our downstream partners. We cannot afford multiple design respins, so we trust Cadence to provide us with integrated design and analysis solutions to enable us to streamline system-level design. The Clarity 3D Solver has provided unparalleled speed and capacity with proven accuracy. We utilize Clarity 3D Solver Cloud to break the bottleneck during peak demand simulation times as it gives us access to unlimited compute resources, allowing us to take full advantage of the scalability of Clarity technology to enable true 3D simulation results. This makes our design cycles predictable and increases company-wide productivity,” said Arthur Zhang, Founder and COO of Enflame Technology. 

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