PrimeTime 2009.12 Delivers New Threaded Multicore Performance

Synopsys, Inc. announced the immediate availability of PrimeTime 2009.12, which it claims delivers up to 2X speed up of timing signoff through the addition of threaded multicore processing. With this latest addition, Synopsys' PrimeTime tool enables design teams to achieve optimal runtime performance across their heterogeneous multicore compute environments by utilizing distributed and threaded multicore processing in tandem.

Synopsys' PrimeTime static timing and signal integrity (SI) analysis tool, a key signoff component of the Galaxy Implementation Platform, includes three key technologies that collectively make it a flexible and comprehensive multicore static timing solutions today. First, PrimeTime's threaded multicore capability boosts runtime efficiency on a multicore compute server, delivering up to a 2X speed up utilizing just 4 cores.

Second, PrimeTime' distributed multicore capability can divide very large designs across a compute farm enabling the use of more readily available smaller compute servers. Synopsys' engineers have solved the challenge of handling the large highly-coupled parasitic netlists used in SI analysis with minimum overhead and partition-to-partition communication while maintaining golden accuracy and runtime performance.

Thirdly, PrimeTime pioneered distributed multi-scenario analysis (DMSA), which allows designers to perform timing analysis and ECO fixing simultaneously across multiple scenarios on multiple compute servers, thereby significantly reducing design iterations and overall turnaround time.