EDXACT Contributes in CILOE Cluster Dedicated to HPC and SaaS
GRENOBLE, France, January, 19 2009 –
Backend verification specialist EDXACT SA today announced that it is
a major contributor in the joined development and innovative business
model project, dubbed CILOE, led by Minalogic to help SMEs to develop
massively parallel and optimized versions of their software on threaded
processors and computing farms.
Intensif pour les Logiciels de CAO Électronique et les applications
embarquées"), translates to: “High Performance Computation for EDA and
embedded applications“) aims at developing a complete computational
infrastructure, including methodologies, software, and security mechanisms
in order to facilitate small and mid-sized enterprises (SME) access
to this kind of technology. These tools are so compute-intensive that
they require supercomputers, clusters and grids, which are out of range
for SME mainly for financial reasons. Members of the cluster include
two major French companies (BULL, CS-SI), three Small and Mid-Sized
Enterprises (SME) (namely EDXACT, Infiniscale, Probayes) and several
local research laboratories and universities, most importantly INRIA
EDXACT will fully benefit from CILOE.
EDXACT’s Jivaro and Comanche software tools handle large amounts
of netlist data, RCLK parasitics, which need to be treated by compute
intensive matrix operations. By using clustered versions of the tools
on HPC infrastructure, the nightly regression tests will be done faster,
thus reducing the time necessary for quality assurance before the release
of a new software version.
CILOE will also help
EDXACT to develop and deliver versions of its software tools that take
of parallel processing. EDXACT addresses this topic in
partnership with BULL and several local universities and research institutions,
who gained reputation for excellence in High Performance
.HPC versions of EDXACT’s tools will be available at the end of the
“But HPC is only half of the content of
this project”, states Mathias Silvant, President and CEO of EDXACT.
“The other half of it is to partner with a team that is capable of setting
up a secured environment for an independent computing farm, which can
be used in order to offer Software as a Service (SaaS), especially for
small and mid-sized companies.” This approach will open the way to more
flexible licensing mechanisms than the existing ones.
The outcome of the project are tool versions, that can be
run on customers own computing farms, or on the dedicated and administered
The prototypes of the CILOE cluster
will run on an already operational cluster, that Hewlett Packard donated
to Minalogic in 2007.
The project started in September
2008 for a duration of three years The consortium is investing more
than 6 Million Euros into CILOE, partially financed by European
funds (FEDER). EDXACT is one of the most contributing partners accounting
for about 30% of the investment.
Founded in 2004, edXact SA focuses on electronic design tools aimed
at physical verification tasks. edXact’s innovative model order
reduction technology helps accelerate extensive backend verifications
in complex IC design cycles. edXact is headquartered in Grenoble area,
France with sales offices in Japan, Korea, Israel and USA. For additional
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