First, let me wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a
very prosperous 2017! As we anticipated last year,
2016 has been full of exciting news at Methodics.
Our next generation IP
Management platform (codenamed "Tau" to those of you
in the know) is in production and is proving to be the
major leap in performance and functionality that we
predicted. We'll be doing some in-depth write ups on this
in the near future, but suffice to say our competitors are
going to be groaning when they catch wind of its feature
set and performance.
On the WarpStor
front, we've had a number of big successes including
a contract in Q4 with a major Korean customer. The
case study language is still getting vetted by the legal
folks at the moment, but look for a press release in the
New Year. And, at another key customer, WarpStor is
creating 200GB workspaces in 14s (down from 30mins) in
their NFS environment and reducing the workspace sizes
down to 100KB! You can review that case study here.
These represent huge wins and validation of our technology
in very demanding environments.
For some background on our IP motivations you can take a
look at the interview
I did with the good folks over at SemiWiki in
November. Managing IP has been a passion of ours since
2010 and is now our main raison-d'etre. Daniel did a
good job pulling together the whole story.
relationship with Magillem continues to grow in
scope and, in November, we were part of their Silicon
Valley User Conference. There is a lot of synergy between
our 2 companies and we're very focused on delivering those
use models in our tools. See our Magillem
Integration data sheet for more details.
Finally, on the technology front, we released our "Single
Source of Truth Architecture" white paper that
discusses the merits of a centralized data and IP
management approach to facilitate reuse, transparency, and
collaboration between multi-site design teams
If one or more of the topics covered in this newsletter
grabs your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know if you'd like to hear more about it.
We'd be happy to arrange a personal meeting for you.
ProjectIC provides a 'Single Source of Truth' Architecture
for Design Teams
WarpStor Helps Fabless SOC Company
Drastically Reduce Workspace Creation Time, Storage Usage,
In this customer environment, 150 - 200GB workspaces are
common and previously took up to 30 minutes to fully
populate. In addition, Filer IOPs and NFS latencies
associated with delivering data to user workspaces were
excessive and were a source of slowness on the network.
After installing WarpStor, user workspace creation time
was reduced to 14 seconds, workspace sizes decreased from
150 - 200GB to only 100KB, and total IOPs were reduced by
more than 70% during write bursts.
"The WarpStor / Perforce combination has
made incredible improvement over the raw performance of
building workspaces, both in terms of disk space
consumed and time to sync files. Methodics has
made some real innovations in the storage space to
address our large data-set issues"
- Staff CAD
White Paper: Leveraging 'Single
Source of Truth' Architecture to Speed Development
Times, Improve Design Quality, and Reduce Risk
Many Design Management
(DM) tools used by the Semiconductor Industry today are
based on outdated, proprietary version control systems
and have fallen significantly behind the state of the
art. These tools are often only capable of supporting a
single project per server due to the severe scalability
and performance limitations inherent in their underlying
‘server per project’ limitation silos teams and their
information, preventing sharing and reuse across the
In contrast, modern DM tools built on
industry standard version control systems take a
centralized, IP based approach; information about the
development status of every project can be communicated
freely and immediately across the organization, and
across distributed teams. Modern tools leverage a
‘Single Source of Truth’ architecture to enable Platform
Based Design - an integration based approach that
systematically leverages design reuse and established
platforms to speed development times, improve quality,
and reduce risk.