Measuring Success in Semiconductor Design Optimization, What Metrics Matter?

There are few fields in the world as competitive as semiconductor design exploration and verification. Teams might run tens of millions of compute jobs in a single day on their quest to bring new chips to market first, requiring vast quantities of compute and increasingly, cloud and emulator resources, as well as expensive EDA licenses, and the all-important resource, time. In this roundtable, experts will discuss the license-, job-, compute- and host-based metrics that the world’s leading semiconductor companies measure and tune for, highlighting the optimization strategies that edge out the competition and drive up profitability.

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Altair for HPC and Cloud Applications

In the data center and in the cloud, Altair’s industry-leading HPC tools let you orchestrate, visualize, optimize, and analyze your most demanding workloads.


PBS Works Documentation

Documentation for PBS Works Products, including Release Notes, Programmer's Guides, User's Guides, and Administrator's Guides


Altair Monitor Datasheet

With the Altair Monitor™ license-tracking tool, users and administrators get real-time insight into software license availability, usage, job status, and more. Current and historical data helps optimize license spending and utilization for organizations of any size – including large, multisite environments.


Altair Monitor Demo

Altair Monitor is a software license-tracking tool that provides current and historical software license utilization for multi-site environments. Software license availability and usage statistics are gathered and displayed in real-time via a rich GUI. Current and historical usage data provides information for accurate planning and license cost optimization. Monitor is an essential license asset monitoring tool for any size organization.

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Introduction to Altair Monitor

Altair Monitor is a license tracking tool that lets users and administrators get real-time insight into software license availability, usage, job status, and more. Monitor uses current and historical data to help optimize license spending and utilization for organizations of any size — including large, multisite environments.

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Sharing Software Licenses Across Multiple Sites and the Cloud with Allocator and Monitor

View this product demo video featuring software license management tools Altair Monitor and Altair Allocator to learn more about the software.

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Top 10 Issues Facing License Managers

An organization’s software asset management (SAM) team wears many hats. Team members are responsible for setting up and maintaining license servers, installing licenses, ensuring compliance, assisting users, monitoring license availability, and generating usage reports. At many companies they also perform requirements analysis, remix software pools, manage contracts, and negotiate new contracts with vendors. This paper explores the top 10 issues license administrators face and how each can be tackled using Altair Monitor™.

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The Importance of Software License Server Monitoring

In electronic design automation (EDA) and other areas of computer-aided design (CAD) that utilize expensive software tools, centralization of license servers has become the norm. High software asset utilization is achieved by sharing a common pool of licenses with a large group of engineers, regardless of their locations. While this model provides many advantages over maintaining license servers at multiple locations, it also has risks. License availability becomes even more important once all your software licenses serving multiple sites are centralized. A license server failure of any kind has the potential to impact the entire company, as license servers provide licenses to mission-critical applications. Downtime may cost millions in schedule slippage. Tools that monitor the server, CPU load, file system, license daemons, and individual license features become essential. Altair Monitor™ is a a robust, enterprise-grade license monitoring solution that delivers a complete set of monitoring functions.

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Rapidly Advancing Electronics: Altair Solutions Enable Rapid Growth for Wired Connectivity Leader Kandou

Kandou is a rapidly growing leader in fast, energy-efficient wired connectivity. Its disruptive technologies include chip products and IP solutions designed to accelerate the evolution of electronics and enable increasingly small, energy efficient, cost-effective devices. Faced with rapid growth, the team at Kandou needed to manage workloads and licensing for their expensive EDA tools. We set Kandou’s team up with Altair Accelerator™ for job scheduling and Altair Monitor™ for real-time license monitoring and management.

Customer Stories

Six Smarter Scheduling Techniques for Optimizing EDA Productivity

Semiconductor firms rely on software tools for all phases of the chip design process, from system-level design to logic simulation and physical layout. Given the enormous investment in tools, design talent, and infrastructure, even minor improvements in server farm efficiency can significantly impact the bottom line. As a result, verification engineers and IT managers are constantly looking for new sources of competitive advantage. Workload management plays a crucial role in helping design teams share limited resources, boost simulation throughput, and maximize productivity. In this paper, we discuss six valuable techniques to help improve design center productivity.

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CEA Speeds Up EDA for Research - Powering R&D at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission

CEA Tech, the Grenoble-based technology research unit for the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a global leader in miniaturization technologies that enable smart digital systems and secure, energy-efficient solutions for industry. Its multidisciplinary team of experts tackles critical challenges in healthcare, energy, digital migration, and more in world-class facilities. CEA Tech needed to improve license utilization and ensure that licenses are freed quickly to be made available to queued jobs. The team sped up R&D using Altair® Accelerator™ for EDA job scheduling and Altair® Monitor™ for real-time license monitoring. One series of single-user simulations showed a speed increase of more than 4.5x using Accelerator.

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