System Design For Next-Generation Hyperscale Data Centers


As we are in the process of hyperscaling the large volumes of data that our devices and sensors create, processing this data along the way at far and near edges, and transmitting the hard-to-imagine volumes of data through networks to data centers for processing, the data center itself is undergoing a fundamental shift with new networking and architecture co-design opportunities. In a previous ... » read more

Different Requirements For Hyperscale Computing Across Vertical Application Domains


As mentioned in previous posts, one of the key conversations I have with customers a lot these days is how to deal with the balance of storage, compute and connectivity as we enter the era of hyperscale computing. While there are overarching challenges that are “of similar class” across the vertical application domains—consumer, hyperscale computing, mobile, networking, aerospace/defense,... » read more

Hyperscale And Edge Computing: The What, Where And How


We hear a lot about “edge computing” these days. We are approaching an era in which unfathomable amounts of data are created, which need to be transmitted, stored, processed and made sense of. As we are witnessing never-before-seen scaling in all those domains, the term “hyperscale” computing has been invented. But what about the edge? As it turns out, the definition seems to have chang... » read more

The Four Pillars Of Hyperscale Computing


In his keynote at CadenceLIVE Americas 2020, Facebook’s Vijay Rao, director, Technology and Strategy, described the four core elements the team considers when designing their data centers—compute, storage, memory, and networking. Wait a minute. Facebook? How did we get here? Wasn’t EDA supposed to be focused on chip design? As indicated in a previous blog, electronic value chains are defi... » read more

Computational Software: The Foundation Across Software Disciplines


You may have seen the term "computational software" more often recently. What are some prominent examples? Why do we in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry have to deal with math in the first place? Wasn't chip design all about drawing polygons at one point? I’m glad you asked! Computational software supports and manages the complexity of fundamental industry trends—hyperscal... » read more

Hyperscale And Artificial Intelligence Are Reshaping Value Chains


Observing electronic ecosystems and value chains change over time is fascinating. For instance, the design chain for mobile devices fundamentally changed over the past two decades with waves of disaggregation and aggregation. Today, the area of computing and data centers is amid tectonic shifts and transformation, with the combination of hyperscale, networking, artificial intelligence (AI), and... » read more

Digital Immersion: The Next Step Towards The Future Of Mobile Devices And Connectivity


In considering how far we’ve come with mobile devices just in the last two decades, it’s entertaining to think about the next ten years. When asking the new power users, Generation Z or the “digital natives,” a couple of key themes emerge, both for mobile devices, as well as for the networks they reside in. Some key advancements have been made this week with the announcement of Arm’s ... » read more

Math And Electronic Design Automation


Even though our teenage children may not show it the proper appreciation (yet), math is often referred to as the "universal language." And it is, even in EDA. Whenever I’m asked what the heck I do in my day job, I often fall back on analogies—a lot of them refer to building houses. For the geekier ones among us, I have even invoked The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Slartibartfast to ex... » read more

Making Sense Of EDA And Digital Twins


There is a new buzzword in town, “digital twins.” I have been using it for a while now in the context of system-on-chip (SoC) verification as well as a little more broadly when it comes to security issues for data in general. There are some differences in emphasis across different vertical domains, based on when they are used during the life cycle, which use models are desired and what scop... » read more

Is There Finally A Silver Bullet For Software?


As I am in Nuremberg for the annual embedded world conference, the overall mood here seemed a bit muted and slow on day one. There are rumors of 200 exhibitors of the roughly 1100 having pulled out due to the global health situation—we are all asked not to shake hands and smile instead—and the rainy weather doesn't help much either. With the weather turning to snow on day two, the attendanc... » read more

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