Electronic Design Automation (EDA)

The increasing cost and complexity of leading edge process technologies and shrinking cycle times are creating unprecedented challenges for EDA design. The need for modern, high performance workflows has never been greater.


Shrink cycle times

EDA workflow requirements vary widely. On the frontend are massively parallel RTL simulations with millions of metadata-heavy small files. On the backend are the processing demands of large physical and manufacturing files. EDA infrastructures need the flexibility to support the necessary performance requirements (latency, IOPs, and throughput) of highly parallel EDA workflows.

Traditional EDA workflows are being strained to support the levels of compute and storage leading edge process technologies like 10nm, 7nm and 5nm require. To meet these increasing performance, scalability and cost demands as well as the geographically distributed nature of design teams, the underlying infrastructure needs to be simple to use, flexible, scalable and secure.

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As EDA requirements grow, so do NetApp solutions

As the pressure to consider adoption of cloud solutions increase for leading edge design workflows, ONTAP runs on both on-premises and in the cloud and supports transparent development of a self-managed hybrid cloud/on premises environment with low effort.

Using existing infrastructure and staff, ONTAP provides a seamless pathway to:

  • Simplify the transition to a cloud-ready data center
  • Modernize infrastructure with flash and cloud, without creating silos
  • Deploy emerging applications with enterprise-grade data services
  • Radically change the economics of your data center
  • Move data to run optimally at the edge, in the core, or in the cloud
  • Use one set of tools to manage and protect data, wherever the data is

If the journey to the cloud also includes managed services, NetApp Cloud Volume Services supports seamless integration with AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

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Industry leading storage

Wherever your EDA journey takes you from existing on-premises solutions to self-managed or fully managed cloud services, NetApp provides industry leading storage solutions with the highest levels of flexibility, security and scalability.


Achieve consistent millisecond latency, over 300k IOPs, and massive throughput to accelerate timing analysis, front end design, and backend design.


Benefit from the latest security and encryption technologies to ensure only the right people have access to your data.

Project tiering

Improve workflow efficiency with space efficient Snapshot™ technology and thin cloning. Lessen the impact of interruptions and avoid rebuilding project databases.

Customer stories

Learn what NetApp is doing to help drive new capabilities for EDA in the cloud.

Mellanox Technologies delivers a testing, research, and design infrastructure in the Cloud

With NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Mellanox experienced a 69% reduction in the production data footprint by using data deduplication and now has 90% of the disaster recovery cold data tiered to lower-cost object storage.

"We looked for a cloud storage solution that could integrate with on-premises deployment. That is the main reason we came to NetApp. We examined a few vendor products and checked their offerings. NetApp was the most mature. It had capabilities on the cloud that competitors couldn’t offer."

- Nir Boyarsky, Mellanox storage team leader



NetApp is working closely with Synopsys and Google Cloud to deliver the next generation infrastructure to support functional verification workloads in the cloud.

"Together, Synopsys, Google Cloud, and NetApp Cloud Volumes Service enable customers to transform their EDA workflows with the simplicity and flexibility of the cloud, backed by the reliability, performance, and availability required for even the most demanding applications like Synopsys' VCS functional verification."

- Anthony Lye, Senior Vice President, Cloud Data Services, NetApp

Anthony Lye, Senior Vice President and General Manager, NetApp Cloud Data Services Business Unit
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