While the Wednesday Design Automation Conference keynote speech by Bernie Meyerson, vice president of innovation at IBM, covered several topics, what I found most interesting was his strong advocacy of cloud computing in EDA. He also provided a fascinating inside look at how IBM is using the technology.
Meyerson's talk was a perfect setup for a Wednesday DAC panel on "IC design in the clouds," which I'll blog about separately at a later time. Suffice to say that cloud computing is a significant topic at this year's DAC and one of growing interest within the EDA community. It's also an area of keen interest for Cadence, given the company's Hosted Design Solutions offering and its work with Xuropa on verification IP evaluation.
After a discussion about stream computing, which is an interesting topic in its own right, Meyerson said "there is another thing coming along that I believe will have a seminal impact on your future. You will see more of this to the point where it will become dominant in 5 to 10 years. It's cloud computing."
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