Design and implementation of a computational cluster for high performance design and modeling of integrated circuits

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Title: Design and implementation of a computational cluster for high performance design and modeling of integrated circuits
Author: Gruener, Charles J.
Abstract: Modern microelectronic engineering fabrication involves hundreds of processing steps beginning with design, simulation and modeling. Tremendous data is acquired, managed and processed. Bringing together Information Technology (IT) into a functional system for microelectronic engineering is not a trivial task. Seamless integration of hardware and software is necessary. For this purpose, knowledge of design and fabrication of microelectronic devices and circuits is extremely important along with knowledge of current IT systems. This thesis will explain a design methodology for building and using a computer cluster running software used in the production of microelectronic circuits. The cluster will run a Linux operating system to support software from Silvaco and Cadence. It will discuss the selection, installation, and verification of hardware and software based on defined goals. The system will be tested via numerous methods to show proper operation, focusing on TCAD software from Silvaco and custom IC design software from Cadence. To date, the system has been successfully tested and performs well. Since the target applications are doing simulations that are independent of each other, parallelization is very easy and user friendly. By simply adding more computers with more CPUs, the maximum number of people and processes that can be supported scales linearly. With a staged approach and the selection of the right software for the job, the integration of IT components to build a computer cluster for microelectronic applications can be completed successfully.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/11204
Date: 2009-08

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