SANTA CRUZ, Calif. To provide more flexibility to customers, Tharas Systems Inc. has introduced a licensing option that allows fuller utilization of the gate capacity of the company's Hammer simulation accelerators. The Hammer Accelerator Farm license is an alternative to licenses that lock a user into a specific gate capacity.
"This is a completely new model," said Rahm Shastry, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Tharas Systems. "Companies are able to afford multiple machines, and they want to make sure they can utilize them."
While Hammer accelerators come in increments of 2-million, 4-million, 8-million, 16-million, or 32-million gates, all of the boxes shipped by Tharas are identical from a hardware standpoint and can potentially run up to 32-million gates, Shastry explained. If a user buys an 8-million gate accelerator, it's the software, not the hardware, that limits capacity to 8-million gates.
With the farm concept, he said, a customer with two 8-million gate Hammer accelerators can run a 16-million gate acceleration on a single machine. The advantage, he said, is that the design doesn't need to be partitioned among two machines, and suffer a performance degradation. Alternatively, the customer could run 4-million gates on one machine and 12-million gates on another.
The Hammer accelerators speed Verilog simulation run-times and compile times, while claiming to allow debugging features comparable to software simulators. An accelerator farm license costs $100,000.