IC Manage Introduces Views™ Storage Acceleration Software
May 16, 2012
Dramatically speeds data access and reduces storage needs
LOS GATOS, Calif., May 15, 2012 – IC Manage, Inc. today introduced its IC Manage Views™
storage acceleration software - a version aware, virtual file system that presents complete
workspace views, while only transferring data on demand to a local file cache. IC Manage
Views removes network transfer bottlenecks to accelerate Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
tool performance, achieve Zero-Time Sync™ (ZTS) for workspaces, and reduce storage
utilization. IC Manage Views is 100% compatible with all storage technologies and works at both
local and remote sites.
- Zero-Time Sync - a one gigabyte, 10,000 file workspace takes approximately one
second to populate, allowing tools to run immediately.
- Faster EDA tool performance - utilizes local storage for reads, so design engineers get
local speeds and avoid delays caused by network latency. Utilizing network storage for
writes provides consistent data storage and access.
- Drastically reduced total storage. IC Manage Views automatically rotates least recently
used files to stay within workspace cache quotas, and handles cache recovery in the
event of failures or errors.
Design File Management Issues, including EDA tool slowdown
According to 524 respondent Global Design Management survey results released by IC Manage
today, the primary engineering challenges with design file management fall into two major
areas: Speed and storage. The top speed problems are network storage
bottlenecks slowing the creation and updates of remote and local workspaces, and EDA tool
performance. The storage problem is that the cost of storage capacity needed to keep up with
expanding design data is too high -- design teams are constantly wrestling with storage needs.
The survey found that on average, network data transfer bottlenecks account for 30% of the
EDA tool iteration time. Numerous EDA design tools are impacted by network bottlenecks,
including place and route, RTL functional verification, timing analysis, SPICE simulation/analysis, physical verification, and custom layout.
Using symbolic links has been a common technique to reduce disk space usage. However,
almost three-quarters of symlinks users cite major issues. Approximately half cite the lack of
control when using mirrors due to the automatic data push or out-of-sync mirrors. Other issues
include workspace instability when versions are removed from the symbolic link trees to recover
space, and security problems caused by difficulty managing UNIX-style directory permissions.
“IC Manage Views gives design groups the flexibility to build workspaces anywhere and at any
location, all at local speed, and avoid problems with disk space allocation,” said Shiv Sikand, IC
Manage Engineering Vice President. “IC Manage Views is scalable, so the savings increase
with the number of users and the size of the databases.”
IC Manage Views Technology Details
IC Manage Views unloads work from a central NAS filer, thereby removing the network
bottleneck and accelerating its clients compute jobs. Designers and verification engineers are
presented with a fully populated view of their files. When the engineer initiates a read operation,
IC Manage Views will obtain the file from the local cache; if the file is not there, IC Manage
Views fetches it from the GDP repository. When a designer saves data, IC Manage Views will
write it to local or network storage.
IC Manage Views has none of the limitations associated with symbolic links described in the
survey results. Designers maintain workspace file control and stability, with fine-grained security
configurations independent of file system permissions. IC Manage Views has no manual
management of network cache storage and number of versions.
IC Manage Views Availability
IC Manage Views is available immediately on Linux™. It is scheduled to be released on
Windows™ before the end of 2012. For more information, please go to the IC Manage Views
About IC Manage
IC Manage provides high performance design and IP management solutions for companies to
efficiently collaborate on single and multi-site designs. IC Manage lets designers dynamically
track, control and distribute library, block-level and SOC design data, including configurations
and properties. Design teams can improve product quality, designer productivity, team
collaboration, and bug tracking, plus maximize reuse of existing assets through swift derivations
of existing IP. IC Manage is headquartered at Suite 100, 15729 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos,
CA. For more information visit us at www.icmanage.com.