Cliosoft

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http://www.cliosoft.com
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ClioSoft is the pioneer and leading developer of system-on-chip (SoC) design configuration and enterprise IP management solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company’s SOS Design Collaboration Platform, built exclusively to meet the demanding requirements of SoC designs, empowers multi-site design teams to collaborate efficiently on complex designs. The ease of use and the flexibility of the SOS platform enables design teams to streamline development of all types of SoCs, including those with complex flows, and customize the SOS platform to meet their requirements. SOS helps manage tight design schedules by efficiently sharing and managing worldwide design data using a high-performance scalable architecture with multi-streaming hyper data transfer technology. The SOS platform is integrated with major EDA design flows, and is the only platform which works for all types of SoCs - analog, digital, RF and mixed-signal.


 Press Releases

  • designHUB, the IP reuse ecosystem, continues to gain traction with customer adoption, along with the SOS7 design management platform

    FREMONT, Calif., March 5, 2019 -- ClioSoft®, Inc., a leader in system-on-chip (SoC) design data and intellectual property (IP) management solutions for the semiconductor design industry, today announced that the company has achieved a 15% increase in year-over-year bookings for the 2018 financial year, while maintaining profitability for the nineteenth consecutive year. New bookings in 2018 came in the form of increased demand for designHUB®, the next-generation IP reuse ecosystem that enables enterprises to leverage their internal and external IPs more efficiently to build their SoCs faster. The increase in bookings also came from the sales of ClioSoft’s flagship SOS7® design-management platform to new and existing customers. ClioSoft continued its steady growth as the market leader in SoC design and IP management software with 54 new customer accounts in 2018.

    “There is not just one reuse solution that fits all companies,” said Srinath Anantharaman, founder and CEO of ClioSoft. “Every company has unique requirements, and each company looks for enterprise-class solutions that are configurable for their needs, easy to use, have a low maintenance overhead, a rich set of features, can scale to meet their future needs and be easily adopted within the company. The designHUB ecosystem addresses these needs and continues to be positively received by design team’s year after year.”

    “The SOS7 design management platform,” continued Anantharaman, “follows the same philosophy of customizability and can be easily adapted to meet the specific requirements of design teams. Unlike the competitive tools, which are built on other software configuration software, SOS7 has its own engine optimized for hardware design teams, which enables us to easily develop new features requested by customers. The SOS7 platform continues to step up the game by improving performance, security and network disk space optimization.”

    The designHUB platform increased traction in 2018 for IP reuse among semiconductor companies. The platform enables designers to leverage internally developed IPs by empowering designers to search and compare IPs easily across multiple sites, track their usage in IP sub-systems or SoCs, review open issues for an IP or browse through the IP knowledgebase before selecting the most suitable IP. designHUB bridges the gap between IP developers and users by providing users with an ability to gain insight into the experiences of other users or ask any questions to the IP developer. With most enterprises using one or more data management platforms to manage their design data, designHUB works seamlessly with all commonly used data management systems such as SOS7, Perforce, Git and Subversion.

    The SOS7 platform continued to fortify its position as the market leader in SoC Design Management by displacing the competition at a number of accounts and gaining entry into a number of new accounts. ClioSoft continues to work with a number of EDA vendors and PLM providers to integrate SOS7 with their solutions. A recent integration with the Tanner IC Design flow from Mentor, a Siemen’s Business, has proven a non-intrusive flow for both local and remote design teams to effectively collaborate on their IPs/SoCs.

    The adoption of the designHUB ecosystem and the SOS7 platform continues ClioSoft’s mission and company vision of delivering a best-in-class SoC and IP management solutions to customers for design reuse at an enterprise level which overall enables the delivery of on-time SoCs. The SOS7 platform continues to remain the only design management platform for all types of designs with integration to tools from all major electronic design automation (EDA) tool providers.

    For more information on designHUB, the SOS7 platform and upcoming webinars visit www.cliosoft.com

    About ClioSoft:

    ClioSoft is the pioneer and leading developer of enterprise system-on-chip (SoC) design configuration and enterprise IP management solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company provides two unique platforms that enable SoC design management and IP reuse. The SOS7 platform is the only design management solution for multi-site design collaboration for all types of designs – analog, digital, RF and mixed-signal and the designHUB platform provides a collaborative IP reuse ecosystem for enterprises. ClioSoft customers include the top 20 semiconductor companies worldwide. The company is headquartered in Fremont, CA with sales offices and distributors in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Israel, India, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

    * All trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.
     
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    Michelle Clancy,
    Cayenne Communication
    +1.415.682.4552
    michelle.clancy-at-cayennecom.com
  • Collaborative SoC design management platform offers analog mixed-signal users to seamlessly manage different revisions & releases of design data from the Tanner IC tool cockpit
    Fremont, Calif., November 12, 2018 – ClioSoft today announced SOS for Tanner, a SoC design management platform developed by ClioSoft in collaboration with Mentor, a Siemens business. The solution involves integration of ClioSoft’s flagship enterprise data management software, SOS7 Design Management Platform, into Mentor’s Tanner IC Design Tool Flow to provide design management and multi-site team collaboration support for designers who use Tanner IC tools to develop analog and mixed-signal SoCs.

    ClioSoft's SOS7 design management platform for Tanner’s S-Edit and L-Edit tools provides analog/mixed-signal designers a seamless, integrated design-management solution to improve design productivity. Users have an easy-to-use, intuitive interface for revision control and release management within the Tanner tools to manage their schematics, layouts and other views. Designers can integrate SOS for Tanner into any design flow without having to modify their existing design methodology.

    ClioSoft’s SOS7 design management platform empowers single or multi-site design teams to collaborate efficiently on complex analog, digital, RF and mixed-signal designs from concept to GDSII. It is integrated with tools from various EDA vendors, providing a cohesive design environment for all types of SoC designs. SOS7 also includes, among other features, integrated revision control, release and derivative management, Visual Design Diff and interfaces to commonly-used issue tracking systems.

    SOS for Tanner features include:

    • Easy access to design management commands from the library navigator in the tools
    • Integration with Tanner S-Edit and L-Edit for auto check-out and check-in
    • Workspaces with links to smart cache to optimize network storage
    • Data management operations for an entire design hierarchy
    • Meta data caching for enhanced remote site performance
    • Offline mode support to minimize impact of network outages
    • Built for performance, scalability and data security

    These and other features of SOS for Tanner also minimize the chance of configuration errors without large re-design iterations and make design reuse more efficient. For more details please view the joint webinar titled: Enhanced Productivity with SOS7 Integrated with Tanner Tools

    "As analog and mixed-signal designs continue to grow in complexity, there is an increasing demand for an enterprise design data management for design teams to build and collaborate without risking productivity time," said Greg Lebsack, EDS General Manager of Mentor, a Siemens business. "Our collaboration with ClioSoft, delivers an outstanding commercial SoC design management solution for analog and mixed-signal design teams using the Tanner IC design flow tools.”

    "We are pleased to be able to provide SOS for Tanner IC tools for use by analog and mixed-signal design teams," said Srinath Anantharaman, founder and CEO of ClioSoft. "The integrated solution enables analog and mixed-signal design teams to improve design collaboration when developing their SoCs and mitigate the risk by sharing and using the correct version of the design data and IPs."

    About ClioSoft

    ClioSoft is the pioneer and leading developer of enterprise system-on-chip (SoC) design configuration and enterprise IP management solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company provides two unique platforms that enable IP design management and reuse. The SOS7 platform is the only design management solution for multi-site design collaboration for all types of designs – analog, digital, RF and mixed-signal and the designHUB platform provides a collaborative IP reuse ecosystem for enterprises. ClioSoft customers include the top 20 semiconductor companies worldwide. The company is headquartered in Fremont, CA with sales offices and distributors in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Israel, India, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. For more information visit www.cliosoft.com

    *All trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.


    For more Information
    Michelle Clancy,
    Cayenne Communication
    +1.415.682.4552
    michelle.clancy-at-cayennecom.com
  • Editor’s note: As we see computing and data needs grow exponentially, we’re pleased to hear today from ClioSoft, which offers system-on-chip (SoC) design data and IP management solutions. Their platform is used widely in the semiconductor industry. Running ClioSoft’s SOS7 design management platform on Google Cloud Filestore is simple and can provide great performance.

    Along with hearing ClioSoft’s story, we’re also excited that Cloud Filestore is now generally available. Read on for details on how ClioSoft tested Cloud Filestore against typical on-premises performance for its customer needs. Learn more here about Cloud Filestore.

    Integrated circuits (ICs) powering today’s automotive, mobile and IoT applications are enormously powerful and complex. To develop an IC, design teams often undergo an extended engineering and testing process. They’re often faced with tight schedules to bring products to market and compete with consumer demands, and are borrowing the best practices of software design to speed development.

    However, IC design environments are notably different than software design environments because they rely heavily on shared files. A typical design engineer’s work area consists of large number of binary files, which tend to be rather large, often numbering in GB size. These files are often generated by electronic design automation (EDA) tools. Some of these files are generated only a few times during the life of the project, but used by almost all members of the project very often. In addition, there are usually third-party libraries and process design kits (PDKs) that the entire team relies on for practically each simulation or verification run. This setup requires a lot of high-performance storage to be accessible on several compute machines, and the productivity of teams designing integrated circuits can easily be impacted without enough high-performance storage.

    We know from what our customers tell us that optimization of storage resources is one of the top criterion in the design environment, since the design data size is so large. Our SOS7 design management platform creates shared smart cache areas where all design files not being modified are hosted. User access to these design files is provided by tool-managed Linux symbolic links in the user’s working directory. This is one key feature used by most of our customers to create links to the cache workspace, since it can help reduce up to 90% of the design team’s storage requirements.

    We’re always eager to optimize the user’s design environment, so we used Google’s Cloud Filestore, recently made generally available, to replicate a typical IC design environment in the cloud with high performance.

    Using a typical IC design environment

    A typical design environment that we see design automation teams use successfully looks like this:

    Using a typical IC design environment .png

    The environment generally works this way:

    • The high-performance NAS file server exports volumes using NFS protocol

    • Each machine (servers and workstations) mounts the NAS-exported NFS volumes

    • Workstations rendering high-end graphics and the server access large data stored on the NFS volumes for typical activities

    Design tools, such as layout editors, require rendering complex graphics displaying millions of polygons. The responsiveness of the toolset directly affects user experience. Another challenge of this on-premises setup is that shared NFS/NAS drives can easily be a bottleneck. Local drives offer strong performance, but the complex logistics involved in replicating a large amount of ever-changing data on several local drives means it’s not a practical solution for most customers.

    Setting this design environment up in the cloud brings the promise of high scalability, high availability, and reliability that is difficult (if not impossible) to achieve with an in-house design environment. The challenge, however, is how this complex design environment can be replicated and perform in the cloud.

    Using a cloud-based IC design environment

    We tried recreating a typical design environment using Google Cloud Platform (GCP), specifically Cloud Filestore and Compute Engine, to see if IaaS is viable. You can see how we set up the environment here:

    Using a cloud-based IC design environment.png

    Setting up the GCP environment

    We set up Cloud Filestore and the Compute Engine instances using the web interface. We used readily available documentation to set up the environment in a couple of days, shown here:

    Setting up the GCP environment.png

    Once the Cloud Filestore instance was available, we simply needed to:

    1. Install nfs-utils
    > yum install nfs-utils

    2. Add the following line to /etc/fstab on the Compute Engine instances
    10.198.128.10:/us_central1_nas  /nfs_driv nfs defaults 0 0

    3. Run the Unix mount command.
    > mount -a

    The data shared on the Cloud Filestore instance was available on the Compute Engine instances, ready to use.

    We started our SOS primary and cache services and used the SOS client to create design workspaces on the Cloud Filestore instance. We were also able to create links-to-cache workspaces, which is a key requirement for our customers. A typical EDA environment with SOS design management was up and fully functional in a short time. We needed only a basic ISP-powered network and open-source tools like VNC for remote access.

    Cloud performance testing

    We also ran a couple of test suites to simulate typical design management operations that a team would do during the course of a project. The SOS7 test suites 13K and 74K are a part of ClioSoft’s benchmarking that simulates typical customer workflows. Both these design suites represent design activity on an image sensor chip used to develop high-resolution, low-light devices.

    We ran these test suites against an on-premises network that we built to emulate the design environments at a typical ClioSoft customer.

    The following table shows some performance results, with our cloud design environment on GCP running up to 75% faster. Note that this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison, since the results are highly dependent on the on-premises infrastructure and the GCP configuration.

    test suite.png

    We noticed in benchmark testing that there was a positive effect on performance as the data moved from a local drive to a shared drive. In a typical customer environment, NAS/NFS shared drives are often the primary bottleneck affecting EDA tool performance. Tools perform much better if the on-premises environments use local disks instead of shared NFS/NAS filers. However, the complex logistics involved in replicating large amounts of quickly changing data on several local drives means it’s not a practical solution for most customers. The following table quantifies and compares performance degradation on a shared drive (NAS/Cloud Filestore) as compared to a local drive [direct-attached storage (DAS)].

    test results.png

    Performance degrades by almost 3x when an on-premises network uses shared NFS/NAS storage. The most notable discovery was that Cloud Filestore provides a near-local drive performance level while providing all the benefits of a shared drive.

    We found that using GCP with Cloud Filestore is a viable solution to replicate a typical IC design environment in the cloud. It brings high performance, high reliability and high availability to the design environment. The performance comparison between an on-premises network and GCP isn’t exactly one-to-one—the compute resources available in these environments are significantly different. However, the fact that there is virtually no difference between running these design tools on standard persistent disk and Cloud Filestore is a big discovery if you’re implementing an IC design environment.

    Find out more here about designing integrated circuits with ClioSoft SOS7, and learn more here about Cloud Filestore.

 Products

  • SoC Design Management
    ClioSoft’s SOS7 design management platform empowers local or multi-site design teams to collaborate efficiently on all types of complex SoCs – analog, digital, RF and mixed-signal – from concept-to-GDSII. ...

  • SOS7 is the leading SoC design and IPmanagement platform offering a comprehensive solution for SoC designers to manage their data from concept to tapeout.

    The SOS7 design management platform providesScalable & flexible platform enabling a secure design environment
    • Revision control with release and derivative management
    • Integrations with tools from all major EDA vendors; Provides flexibility to change EDA platforms without worrying about design management integration
    • Interfaces to issue tracking software
    • Optimize network storage without proprietary hardware or operating/file system changes
    • Facilitates design handoff & collaboration across multi-sites
    • Connectors to other software configuration tools such as Git, Subversion & Perforce
    • Multi-platform support – Windows, Linux, Cloud

    To learn more, please visit https://www.cliosoft.com/www2/products/

  • designHUB
    The designHUB platform provides a collaborative IP reuse ecosystem for enterprises. designHUB improves IP reuse by providing an easy-to-use workflow for designers to leverage internal resources & enables design teams to collaborate efficiently....

  • Design reuse within a company can only be successful if the solution provided is easy to use and can be customized easily as needed. Setting up an ecosystem where users can create, share & reuse easily is imperative if design reuse has to become an integral part of the company's DNA. We believe everything which can be shared & leveraged within a company must be reused. That includes IPs (internal and 3rd party), documents, user experiences, scripts, methodologies, libraries, ideas & even discussions. In the face of tight design schedules, increased competition & pressures to keep the product cost low, designers need all the help they can get. To ensure better efficiency, we have created an ecosystem which empowers you to collaborate easily with different users, ensure quick resolution of any queries, share & reuse all types of design collateral. Instead of scrambling across different applications to get the information you need, we have created a platform which can be easily integrated with different applications to ensure information you need is available at your fingertips. To learn more, please visit: https://www.cliosoft.com/www2/products/ip_reuse_ecosystem/


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