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Running Cadence/Spectre on CMC’s Compute Cluster

Table of Contents The following are guidelines for running a Cadence/Spectre simulation in CMC CAD Compute Cluster. What is CMC CAD Compute Cluster? The CMC CAD Compute Cluster is a dedicated group of servers enabling researchers to improve the performance of large computational tasks. For a full description of the CMC Compute Cluster, go to https://www.cmc.ca/cad-compute-cluster/. …

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Courses at CMC: Using CADpass Client with a Course Code

There are several ways that courses are set up at CMC: Each participant uses a Course Code to login to CADpass Client. All the computer usernames must be pre-registered with licensing. STC Manager facilitates access for a group where the software is accessed by getting licenses through CADpass Server, i.e. normally on Linux for Cadence, …

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Other Ways to Run HPC (High Performance Compute) Simulations

Some subscribers are interested in running large-scale CAD (Computer Aided Design) simulations and have booked time on Digital Research Alliance of Canada (“The Alliance”) nodes in which they install or use existing CAD installations. They would then like to connect their software and nodes to a CMC licence server and run simulations.  https://docs.alliancecan.ca/wiki/Technical_documentation  To set …

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Running Ansys Fluent in Batch Mode on a Linux-based Cluster Using LSF Job Schedule

The following are guidelines for running a Fluent 2022 R1 simulation in our CAD Compute Cluster.  Background With Ansys, you can read an older project in a newer version of the software, but you cannot view projects created in newer versions from within older releases. CMC’s Cluster operating system is Linux. It is strongly recommended …

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Guide to ANSYS Electronics Desktop (EDT) Simulation in the CAD Compute Cluster

Running Ansys Electronics Desktop 2022 R1 using an LSF Job Scheduler (command line; without GUI).  More information about the Load Sharing Facility (LSF) job scheduler is provided here. CMC’s CAD Compute Cluster nodes can be displayed by typing lshosts at a command prompt in the environment as shown in Figure 1. You will see four login nodes (uwlogin*), two management nodes (uwlsfm*; …

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Guide to Ansys Mechanical (MAPDL) Simulation in the CAD Compute Cluster

Running Ansys Mechanical APDL 2022 R1 using an LSF Job Scheduler (command line; without GUI) More information about CMC’s Load Sharing Facility (LSF) job scheduler is provided here. CMC’s CAD Compute Cluster consists of four login nodes named uwlogin*; eight simulation nodes named uwmhpc*; and two management nodes named uwlsfm*. You can list these nodes …

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CMC Cloud Cadence iLS Series: Virtuoso® Layout Design Basics (VLDB) vIC 6.1.7 (Course ID: 84460EC)

Table of Contents This document is a companion document for the Cadence iLS training course Virtuoso® Layout Design Basics (VLDB) vIC 6.1.7. It is meant to be reviewed, along with the training course materials from Cadence, for how to complete the lab materials using the NDN Cloud. For information on getting access to Cadence iLS …

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COMSOL LSF Procedure

Instructions Video This video provides instructions on how to run COSMOL jobs on the cluster:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjFuDegLOC0&feature=youtu.be Loading COMSOL File Test COMSOL file: Cylinder.mph. Upload your *.mph to your working directory. Create a shell file to enter LSF bsub and the COMSOL batch commands. See appendix for example. Upload shell file to the same working directory …

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What if I Can’t Get a License?

First, make sure that you have a CMC account and that you are linked to your supervisor. Check to make sure that you have a registered computer username. See Computer Username Issues. Make sure that you have logged into the AppGate SDP and that you have selected the tool in CADpass Client. See FAQ for CADpass Client.

Using Cluster Sweep Node and Batch Mode License in COMSOL Multiphysics Simulation

This document explains how to optimize the parallelization of parametric computations of COMSOL Multiphysics by using Cluster Sweep node and Batch mode license, which is available for all COMSOL licenses provided by CMC. Note: This procedure is based on GUI access to COMSOL using the CMC cloud infrastructure and is not currently available using command …

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Calibre Manufacturing Tools in the NDN (RET, MDP and FRACTURE tools)

Siemens’ Calibre CAD suite incorporates a number of diverse tools for mitigating and predicting manufacturing imperfections generated during the fabrication of optical and electronic components. This overview page is meant to give a brief introduction to the stages through which each design must pass from circuit schematic to finished, physical semiconductor chip, and the roles …

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Synopsys TCAD Sentaurus Training Modules on the CMC STC Disk

We have received a number of requests to provide training and examples for the TCAD Sentaurus CAD suite. The table below lists most of the introductory training modules for this suite. They are designed specifically for new users, and provide work-able examples and exercises. Not all modules are listed here. For the complete list, and to run …

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Uploading a Simulation File to the CAD Compute Cluster

The main webpage for CMC’s CAD Compute Cluster is here: https://www.cmc.ca/cad-compute-cluster/. Step-by-step instructions for logging into and using the Cluster are outlined in Getting Started with CMC CAD Compute Cluster. CMC recommends using a secure file transfer (SFTP) client for transferring your files to the Cluster, or using Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) from within a …

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Initialising the CAD Compute Cluster for the First Time

Using Secure Socket Handler (SSH) in the CAD Compute Cluster Secure Socket Handler (SSH) is a form of security granted to users in this cluster. A passcode is generated by a small script, and placed on each node (login, compute) to permit intra-cluster/inter-nodal communication during a user’s simulation runs. Figure 1: The Nodes in the CAD …

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Load Share Facility (LSF) Job Scheduler: Commands to set up your Environment

Module Commands in an LSF 10.1 Environment Note: In the following descriptions, the symbols “$” is used to indicate a LINUX terminal command prompt. The LSF Job Scheduler in the CAD Compute Cluster runs constantly, and never has to be started. It has been configured with certain queues that handle requests for cores and memory. …

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Presentations from “Configure Your Research Platform: Infrastructure Needs for Embedded and Heterogeneous Computing”

During March and April 2018, CMC organized several one-day interactive seminars to explore research infrastructure requirements for heterogeneous computing implementations from small, low power sensor nodes, to network edge devices to the cloud. Specific infrastructure topics included needs and specifications for tools and platforms for: Application-Specific Instruction Set Processors (ASIPs) and hardware accelerators Open-source processor …

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ANSYS – Error Code 3221227010

A problem has occurred for some ANSYS EDT users that have applied Windows 10 update KB4571756 (ANSYS EDT = HFSS, SIwave, Maxwell, etc.). https://forum.ansys.com/discussion/20206/ansys-maxwell-error-3221227010 Problem happens during installation, but also seemed to happen when trying to run ANSYS from the Start Menu. The error code reported during installation is 3221227010. To avoid this issue setting …

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Siemens’ Pyxis, Calibre Interactive and Questa ADMS: Version Compatibility

The following is cobbled together from the release notes of these Siemens’ CAD tools. Note that after Calibre release 2013.3_*, two operating system streams were made available to users. For Red Hat Enterprise 5 users, files with ‘ixl’ in their names are required. For Red Hat Enterprise 6 and SUSE 11 users, files with ‘aoi’ …

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How to convert dual-boot HP Z400 Workstation to Windows 7 only

Below are instructions to convert the dual-boot HP Z400 workstation (shipped in Fall 2012 for use with the Xilinx ML605, Altera DE4-530 and BEE3 FPGA boards) into a Windows 7 only configuration. This provides the benefit of additional hard disk space (2x 1TB drivers), which is currently half-occupied by the Linux partition. Use the following …

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Setup Information for the HP Z400 workstations (ML605, DE4-530, BEE3)

Below are some facts/tips to setup and start using the HP Z400 workstations which are being delivered for use with several FPGA development systems (Xilinx ML605, Altera DE4-530, BEEcube BEE3). We will add details as queries arise, but feel free also to comment on this document to ask any specific questions. The workstations are dual …

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Using CMC Cloud Design Environment – Windows

Table of Contents Introduction CMC Cloud Design Environments are virtual on-demand secure design environments. These environments include CAD tool suites and can host Process Design Kits (PDKs). This document guide you to use CMC Cloud where you can perform your research. Accessing CMC Cloud Access to CMC Cloud is included with many of the CAD Tools available …

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How to Remove the AppGate Icon from Your Desktop (to remove java web start cached apps)

After installing the new version of CADpass, I no longer have an icon on my desktop or the icon on the desktop doesn’t work. How do I fix that? (To remove a java web start cached apps). 1. Go to the Windows Control Panel – and open the Java Control Panel. 2. Click Settings. 3. …

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How to SFTP with CMC to Upload a Video for Symposium

End user upload and download file instruction Windows user: To connect to SFTP server from a Windows system, the user must use a SFTP client software. i.e. FileZilla, MobaXterm, WinScp, etc. This is free software that you can download from the Internet. Host: sftp://cmc-fab-01.cmc.ca (make sure you copy this url) Username: your CMC registered username Password: your CMC login …

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Setting the Temporary/Scratch Directory for ANSYS Simulations (CMC Cloud)

Table of Contents Our subscribers are able to use our virtual Cloud accounts hosted here in Kingston, Ontario, if they do not have access to certain CAD tools at their home universities. Figure 1 shows the CMC Microsystems’ Cloud account hardware configuration. These accounts have recently been assigned additional master disk space for temporary “scratch” …

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