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Quick Start Guide: Installing Synopsys Photonic Solutions (RSoft Photonic Device, OptSim, and OptoDesigner) via CADpass Client

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This quick start guide provides instructions for installing Synopsys Photonic solutions software, including RSoft Photonic Device tools and PIC Design Suite (OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner), on a Windows 10 system using CMC Microsystems’ CADpass to access shared licenses on the CMC License Management System (LMS).

Prerequisites

You must meet the following criteria before installing Synopsys Photonic solutions software:

  • Students must register with CMC at https://account.cmc.ca/MyAccount/MyAccount.aspx
  • Faculty supervisors can subscribe through the CMC subscription page at https://www.cmc.ca/subscriptions/
  • You must have administrator rights for the computer on which you are installing this software
  • You must have a unique login name (LINUX or Windows) that does not contain a blank space. The following are examples of unacceptable login names: admin or administrator, root, super, sysadmin, user, owner, student, guest, temp, and system

System Requirements

The following are required to install and run Synopsys Photonic solutions software:

  • A PDF reader to open some of the tutorials and manuals included with the Synopsys Photonic solutions software
  • A file extraction program such as 7-Zip or WinZip to extract the downloaded program installation files from the .zip format
  • 64-bit Windows: Windows 7 or Windows 10
  • 64-bit Linux: CMC supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6

Setting up CADpass Client for Use with Synopsys Photonic Solutions Software

CADpass Client is a CMC Microsystems’ license access client and is used by subscribers across Canada to connect to our secure license server(s).

  1. Follow the instructions in the quick start guide to download and install CADpass Client.
  2. Start CADpass Client and then log in using your CMC Microsystems Username and Password.
  3. When the CAD access window appears, double-click Synopsys.

A red checkmark appears next to the entry, as shown in Figure 1. Leave this checked while you are using the software.


Figure 1: The Synopsys Photonic Solution Software Selection in CADpass Client

Obtaining the Software

From the CMC CAD tools webpage at https://www.cmc.ca/tools/:

  1. Click the Synopsys Photonic Solutions product link.
  2. Sign in to your CMC account.
  3. Click the Download software link and then click the link related to your operating system (Windows or Linux).
  4. On the following page, click Download.
  5. Choose the RSoft (rsoft_xxxx.zip), OptSim (optsim_xxxx.zip), and OptoDesigner (optodesigner_xxxx.zip) installation files.

Installing the Software

The Synopsys Photonic solutions program files that you download from the CMC website are in a compressed format (*.zip), which is not an executable file. The actual installer must be extracted from this file using a file compression program. You may use Windows or a program such as 7-Zip to extract the compressed files. You can install the RSoft Photonic Device Tools, OptSim, and OptoDesigner software separately. The installation procedures for each of these products is described below.

Installing RSoft

  1. Extract the files and save them to a temporary location.
  2. Double click on the installer program version corresponding to your computer’s operating system.

The file format of the installer program is: photonicsolutions_device_version#.exe

The installer wizard appears.

  1. Follow the default prompts.

The location of the default program files is C:\Synopsys\PhotonicSolutions\version#\RSoft.

  1. When the dialogue License Type Setup appears, select Network/Client.
  2. When the dialogue Network/Client Setup appears, in the field Name or IP address of the Network License Server:, enter a2.cmc.ca.
    Note: Always check CADpass Licensing Information for the latest License Server Name.

Installing OptSim

  1. Locate the OptSim download that you previously saved.
  2. Double-click the installer program version corresponding to your computer’s operating system.

The file format of the installer program is: photonicsolutions_system_version#.exe

The installer wizard appears.

  1. Follow the default prompts.

The location of the default program files is C:\Synopsys\PhotonicSolutions\version#\RSoft.

  1. When the dialogue License Type Setup appears, select Network/Client.
  2. When the dialogue Network/Client Setup appears, in the field Name or IP address of the Network License Server:, enter a2.cmc.ca.
    Note: Always check CADpass Licensing Information for the latest License Server Name.

Installing OptoDesigner

  1. Locate the OptoDesigner download that you previously saved.
  2. Double-click the installer program version corresponding to your computer’s operating system.

The file format of the installer program is: photonicsolutions_layout_version#.exe

The installer wizard appears.

  1. Follow the default prompts.

The location of the default program files is C:\Synopsys\PhotonicSolutions\version#\OptoDesigner.

  1. When the dialog License Type Setup appears, select Network/Client.
  2. When the dialogue Network/Client Setup appears, in the field Name or IP address of the Network License Server:, enter a2.cmc.ca.
    Note: Always check CADpass Licensing Information for the latest License Server Name.

Running a Synopsys Photonic Session

To start a Synopsys Photonic session:

  1. Obtain a Synopsys Photonic license key using CADpass Client, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Choose one of the following:
  • To run an RSoft session:
  1. From the RSoft Photonic CAD Suite folder in the Start menu of your computer, launch the RSoft CAD Layout program.
  2. Access RSoft CAD Layout user manuals from the same start menu location as well as directly from the program files directory where you installed the software.
  • To run an OptSim session:
  1. From the Synopsys photonic solution folder in the Start menu of your computer, launch OptSim_yyyy_mm.
  2. Access OptSim_yyyy_mm user manuals from the same Start menu location as well as directly from the program files directory where you installed the software.
  • To run an OptoDesigner session:
  1. From Synopsys Photonic Solution in the Start menu of your computer, launch the OptoDesigner program.
  2. Access OptoDesigner user manuals from the same Start menu location as well as directly from the program files directory where you installed the software.
  3. If you receive the error message Invalid license, from the top menu in OptoDesigner software interface, click License.
    The window License settings appears.
  4. In the field License server setting (port@hostname), enter 27027@a2.cmc.ca

    Note: Always check CADpass Licensing Information for the latest port number and hostname (Server Name).

    Note: If the previous setting is incorrect, after setting the license server to the latest, close OptoDesigner, and restart the software.

Helpful Resources

Synopsys Photonic solutions website provides extensive application notes, webinars, and training: https://www.synopsys.com/photonic-solutions.html

Synopsys Photonic solutions limits access to their resources in Support -> solvenet for CMC users. If you need to access a resource or submit a case to Synopsys Photonic solutions products, contact CMC: https://www.cmc.ca/support/

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