Cloud Infrastructure for Remote and Scalable EDA Hardware Training
TimeMonday, December 6th5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
LocationLevel 2 - Exhibit Hall
Event Type
Designer, IP and Embedded Systems Track Poster Networking Reception
Virtual Programs
Presented In-Person
DescriptionHerein, we describe the results of a pilot program between Notre Dame and CMC Microsystems to enable EDA tools from a cloud-based platform. First, we describe the initial success of an undergraduate High-Level Synthesis (HLS) course, where students completed their design flow on an Amazon AWS EC2 cloud-hosted infrastructure to construct and administer the Cadence Design Systems applications without the need for any additional hardware. Next, we discuss how the infrastructure simplified the transition between on-campus learning and remote learning necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We show how use of the CMC-enabled cloud-based infrastructure addressed many challenges faced by universities forced to conduct remote sharing of the student servers through virtual private networks. Next, we demonstrate the scalability of this platform by presenting the results of the HLS tutorial at the Design Automation Summer School, which was completed by over 200 students worldwide in July 2020. We will present evidence of the success of the Notre Dame HLS course as well as the DASS HLS tutorial through student post-assessment surveys. The success of the pilot program shows a rapid, reliable, secure, and scalable platform for EDA training and education with significant potential for improving access to underrepresented students.