Is public cloud computing secure enough for IC design work? Two different perspectives emerged at the IEEE Electronic Design Processes (EDP) workshop April 7-8, where an Intel manager detailed security concerns his company has about public clouds, and the CEO of EDA startup Physware explained why his company is doing all its development in the cloud.
The attractiveness of cloud computing is undeniable. It gives users access to whatever compute power they need when they need it, without having to buy their own servers or set up a data center. For those who already have a compute infrastructure, the cloud can absorb peak demand ("cloud bursting") or provide Software as a Service (SaaS), two concepts that were discussed at the April 7 EDA Consortium panel on cloud computing.
But the big question in the EDA community is whether design data is sufficiently secure in a public cloud. Intel isn't ready to say "yes," according to Naresh Sehgal (right), software architecture manager at Intel and chair of this year's EDP workshop.
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