How Manycore will Reshape Electronic Design Automation

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Abha Maheshwari from Cadence writes that EDA applications will need to be completely rethought if they are to take advantage of tomorrow’s manycore systems.

What has yet to be seen is how EDA will reshape itself to support manycore designs (32 cores or more). A lot of fine-grained problems are not going to scale with manycore; many legacy applications will have to be retrofitted, and others will have to be rewritten. Such rearchitecting will result in a new paradigm for EDA companies. We will see a focus not only on modifying tools and algorithms for manycore processors and GPUs but also for distribution across server farms and computing clouds. Clusters and clouds built out of manycore processors will provide opportunities for unparalleled compute resources.

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