In May of this year we released a case study that provided an overview of a production hybrid cloud deployment at Mellanox Technologies. From my perspective, the timing couldn’t have been better, as just over a month later I had the opportunity to share this same use case with those attending the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2018 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Although IT infrastructure is broadly known to be a key enabler of design automation, Univa had the auspicious honor of participating in the inaugural Design Infrastructure Alley – an exclusive enclave at DAC dedicated for the first time to those providers of design-critical infrastructure services. Even though the event has come and gone now, you can still view Univa’s presentation in the Cloud Pavilion on demand, and at your convenience here.
To ensure you extract the most value from this 45-minute presentation, however, you might want to first review the abstract:
When it comes to cloud adoption, data obtained in a recent survey suggests that EDA lags significantly behind other industries. At the outset this may seem surprising, yet there are challenges that are particularly impactful to EDA when cloud computing receives consideration. Despite these challenges, not only do early adopters exist, they are already deriving significant value from the cloud – e.g., by strategically bursting functional-verification workload to the cloud during the peak-demand period that precedes tapeout. Mindful of EDA-specific challenges, an emerging deployment pattern for cloud use will be shared – a pattern informed by direct experience with name-brand organizations of the industry such as Mellanox Technologies. Critical to the pattern is the transparent extension of existing, on-premise infrastructure into a cloud made available via a public provider; the resulting hybrid cloud introduces the opportunity to strategically optimize the alignment of EDA workloads with on-premise versus cloud-based compute resources, in a fashion that takes into account all assets – including the licensed software that is mission critical within the EDA toolchain. Finally, a fully automated, on-demand use case for cloud bursting will be presented as both a technically viable and business-justified outcome demonstrable from uptake of this deployment pattern.
And while you’re reviewing the presentation, you’ll likely find our slide deck to be of value as well.
To be completely forthcoming, the Alley’s emphasis on cloud computing caused every single vendor to pay lip service to this potentially enabling technology for design automation. It is for this express reason that Univa truly stood out amongst the infrastructure crowd at DAC, as Mellanox’s real world use case literally speaks for itself.
Whether you’re looking to take advantage of the cloud for design automation or have something completely different in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to review our DAC presentation. There simply is no substitute for experience, and especially when it comes to embracing the hybrid cloud, Univa is an industry leader across numerous vertical markets.
Finally, our survey and experience informs us that organizations are at various stages in the adoption of hybrid clouds. For those who are just starting to embark upon this journey, we encourage you to follow a new series of introductory blog posts on HPC in the cloud; you’ll find the first post in the series here. On the other hand, if you’re ready to dive in at the deep end, please review our Resource Center where you’ll find additional case studies along with white papers, webinars, talks and more. When you’re ready, we’re here and looking forward to discussing your vision for extending your organization’s existing IT footprint into the cloud.