NetApp’s Flagship Operating System, Clustered Data ONTAP, Brings Boost to Engineering Workflows

As chips' feature sizes continue to get smaller and faster every year, the tasks of bringing them to market and production get more complex. Gate complexity is typically doubling, resulting in additional verification effort, and time to results is increased exponentially. One mistake could cost manufacturers millions of dollars and cause delays in coming to market.


By engaging with Perforce, IBM, and Synopsys, NetApp has put together new techniques, productivity tools, and methodologies that make possible faster deployments, improved runtimes, and storage-aware scheduling for semiconductor design, leading to faster time to market.


With the proposed solution based on the NetApp® flagship storage operating system, Clustered Data ONTAP®, and by following best practices, our joint customers will now have a storage environment capable of handling requirements throughout the entire engineering workflow: the ability to rapidly provision workspaces for design engineers (Perforce), streamline job scheduling (IBM), and accelerate their build and verification performance (Synopsys).


The NetApp optimized EDA workflow solution will be showcased during this week’s ARM TechCon expo, NetApp booth 707, which kicks off Wednesday at the Santa Clara Convention Center.


By understanding the unique storage workloads that occur in different phases of the electronic design automation (EDA) process – design, verification, simulation, and archiving – we have been able to help customers correctly size, tune and configure storage for their EDA workloads.


With clustered Data ONTAP, storage bottlenecks are reduced and operational efficiencies are gained by consolidating user workspaces, tools, applications and data repositories. Engineering IT can achieve scalability and nonstop operations, even during service upgrades, technology refreshes, capacity and performance expansions.


Furthermore, by creating instant copies of writable repositories, Data ONTAP shortens key workflow steps from hours to minutes. Data ONTAP FlexClone® technology with Perforce’s enterprise version management capabilities allows developers to seamlessly create and manage their workspaces.


Nowhere is the need for high performance more apparent than in the verification phase. The use of NetApp clustered storage in conjunction with Synopsys VCS provides new levels of performance and scalability.


The end result is clear. NetApp, along with Perforce, IBM, and Synopsys, is allowing dramatic improvements in the EDA workflow. Designs are released more quickly with higher quality, improving time to market and increasing revenue.


Perforce and Synopsys integrations are available today for clustered Data ONTAP 8. The IBM Platform LSF plugin is available today for Data ONTAP 7-Mode, with support for clustered Data ONTAP expected in the near future.


Synopsys and Perforce components are supported on standard NetApp FAS with clustered Data ONTAP and documented as best practices. The IBM Platform LSF plugin is free to download from the High-Tech community site. A Professional Services engagement is required for deployment and support.


Figure 1) Storage architecture for EDA design workflow based on NetApp clustered Data ONTAP.

We believe with this solution, engineering productivity has gotten a much needed boost!


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To find out more about NetApp’s presence at ARM TechCon, read the show overview on the NetApp High Tech Industry User Group at