San Francisco--June 15, 1998--IBM Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.) demonstrated a next-generation electronic design environment that integrates IBM Intellistations running Microsoft's Windows NT and IBM RS/6000 hardware running AIX.
Featured in IBM's 'Heterogeneous Unix/NT Environment for Electronic Design' will be: NT- and AIX-based design tools from Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys; Transarc Corp.'s Enterprise File System products AFS and DFS, which will provide global file sharing for the network; and workload management software from Platform Computing Corp.
Featured elements of the heterogeneous Unix/NT design environment demonstration will include:
IBM Intellistations, such as the Dual 400 MHz Pentium II M Pro for electronic design applications, at lower cost of ownership than other electronic design platforms. Features, like IBM's Asset ID, Wake on LAN, SMART Reaction, and LANClient Control Manager (LCCM) 2.0, all help customers deploy and keep track of their inventories, monitor system outages, and/or tampering, perform automatic data backup before a hardware failure occurs, and remotely manage their systems.
Robust NT-Based Design Software. Key tools IBM Intellistations as part of the heterogeneous environment demonstration include: Cadence's Allegro, which provide an advanced environment for the physical layout, design and analysis of printed circuit boards, multichip modules and hybrid board designs; and two Verilog simulators - Cadence's Verilog XL and Synopsys' Chronologic VCS.
Interoperability between NT and Unix. Transarc Corp.'s Enterprise File System products AFS and DFS, offer a file server environment for electronic design. With AFS and DFS, designers around the country or around the world can collaborate, accessing a virtual file system comprised of files residing on multiple distributed Unix and NT servers. Users can take advantage of transparent file access no matter where they may be located across the network. AFS and DFS offer advanced replication capabilities to ensure that data is always available to users, and the products also cache data locally, decreasing network traffic, and provide for automatic data replication.
Load Sharing and Job Scheduling. Platform Computing's LSF Suite for Workload Management offers distributed load sharing and job scheduling for heterogeneous Unix and NT computing environments. The LSF Suite harnesses all available computing resources so that workload is handled faster. The LSF suite will be used to provide seamless batch processing, which matches resource requirements of every job to the capabilities of all computers on the heterogeneous network, ensuring that jobs are always assigned to the best computer available for any task.
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