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Aldec solution increases network-based design verification

Posted: 18 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Aldec? mixed-language? simulation? design tool? ASIC?

Aldec Inc., a supplier of mixed-language simulation and advanced design tools for ASIC and FPGA devices, announced the release of its Server Farm Manager (SFM). According to the press release, this new product dramatically increases network-based design verification by automating the set-up, execution and analysis of simulation results from hundreds of computers running thousands of test cases and providing automated pass/fail results and reporting.

Regression automation, based on SFM, provides automatic management of parallel simulations from one web-based interface. Aldec added that SFM not only queues and distributes execution, but also collects simulation results, compares the results to golden reference, and provides global access to all reports via the intranet.

"The problem is not the purchasing of additional simulator licenses; it is how to manage a large number of HDL simulators in order to increase overall productivity when running the regression test suite," said Dave Rinehart vice president of marketing at Aldec. "Regression Automation eliminates many of the administrative tasks companies face when running a large test suite over tens, hundreds or thousands of simulators. Each time a design iteration occurs, the entire test suite must be executed again and this is very time consuming. SFM automates this process."

The SFM is a web-based system that allows companies to receive reports about the status of all regressions at any time during the design process. It schedules independent test cases, distributes them across the network, and executes them in parallel. This allows organizations to painlessly overcome verification challenges in complex SOC projects that may include embedded processors, memories, IP blocks and legacy code.

The verification run times can be reduced both through parallel execution and optimum resource utilization. The solution is fully scalable from a few dozen to several thousand machines. As the requirements for simulation throughput increase towards tape-out deadline, simulation servers can be easily added over the network. SFM automatically manages all simulation licenses and provides companies a utility to leverage 32bit or 64bit computers. All tasks can be scheduled to run after hours in order to utilize simulation licenses 24 hours a day.

Already available, SFM pricing is based on the number of machines in the server farm and starts at $995 a node. Licenses are available as term-based or perpetual. Product configurations that include Aldec's simulator are also available in a bundled configuration. Users can add their existing HDL simulator licenses at no additional cost to increase the power of the regression testing environment built around the SFM product.

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