A Fast and Seamless Way to Burst to the Cloud for Peak EDA Workloads

Vikram Bhatia

Mar 20, 2024 / 3 min read

Electronic design automation (EDA) workloads have peaks and valleys when it comes to their demands on compute resources, depending on where engineers are in their chip design lifecycle. In particular, jobs run by EDA engines, such as place and route, simulations, regressions, and analysis, experience periods that require more processing capacity than on-premises data centers can provide. This is when many chip design teams turn to the cloud, using hybrid solutions that enable them to tap into both on-prem and cloud compute resources as needed.

However, bursting to the cloud with many of the solutions available today calls for a fair amount of manual work and time to optimize and implement the solution for EDA workloads. With our deep expertise in EDA and cloud technologies, Synopsys is enabling bursting to the cloud a much faster and more seamless process. The Synopsys Cloud Hybrid Solution is the industry’s first fully automated hybrid cloud solution designed specifically for EDA workloads. It provides automated job splitting from on-premises to cloud compute and all data generated by EDA workloads, from both cloud and on-prem tasks, is automatically synchronized in real time.

Read on to learn more about how you can access additional compute capacity or more advanced compute resources while reducing IT overhead and significantly improving engineering productivity.

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Why Typical Hybrid Cloud Solutions Are Time-Consuming to Implement

Capacity for on-prem data centers can certainly be expanded, but doing so comes with substantial IT resources and cost. The lead time to add compute capacity on-prem is typically three to six months. As such, many companies opt for a hybrid approach that utilizes the cloud for peak workloads. However, configuring EDA workloads to burst to the cloud has traditionally been quite challenging, involving many manual steps and, often, disparate third-party tools that aren’t designed for the unique requirements of electronic design. Consider, as an example, running verification on a full chip. Say the engineer determines that 80% of the work can be done on-prem, since doing the full job would take longer than desired due to capacity limitations. Bursting to the cloud for the rest of the work would support faster completion. Once the IT team has built the hybrid solution, the engineer would have to:

  • Split the design manually, designating certain blocks for the on-prem resources and others for the cloud
  • Transfer the relevant design data to the cloud
  • Transfer the output data from the cloud back to the on-prem resources
  • Put the cloud-generated and on-prem data back together in the on-prem infrastructure for analysis and processing for the next step in the flow

This approach can be quite laborious and time consuming and adds a significant overhead to engineering productivity. 

Enhancing Semiconductor Engineering Productivity with Synopsys Cloud Hybrid

The Synopsys Cloud Hybrid Solution specifically addresses the challenges laid out above by allowing design teams to simply submit an EDA job to the scheduler on-prem and move on to their next task. Meanwhile, the secure hybrid cloud solution automatically splits the job between on-prem and cloud compute resources based on available capacity, and the jobs run simultaneously. Since all the data generated by the job is synchronized automatically and in real time between the cloud and on-prem environments, there’s no need to manually transfer data. Output data is automatically synchronized back to on-prem resources for analysis and processing. In other words, bursting to the cloud becomes seamless, significantly improving engineering productivity and savings months of IT implementation time. We estimate that this solution can cut hours of engineering overhead each day depending on the EDA workload being deployed.


The Synopsys Cloud Hybrid Solution will initially be available for early customer access via a bring-your-own-cloud (BYOC) approach on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. We will release the solution for specific workloads initially, and continue to add more EDA tools from our portfolio as we validate and enable them over the next few months. Customers will be able to run multi-vendor EDA flows through this offering. The hybrid solution is the latest addition to the Synopsys Cloud platform, which delivers browser-based access to with the unique FlexEDA model for unlimited access to EDA software on demand, by the minute.

Take a Test Drive

Synopsys silicon to systems design technologies power innovation today to ignite the ingenuity of tomorrow. Enabling delivering of EDA tools, IP, and infrastructure for end-to-end chip design via a browser, the Synopsys Cloud software platform is available through software-as-a-service (SaaS) and BYOC approaches. Sign up to try Synopsys Cloud for free today.

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