Date Added: Oct 2009
Designing semiconductors is a complex process, requiring sophisticated software tools that demand heavy-duty processing power. IC designers typically have beefy workstations at their desks, in addition to at least one PC for office applications such as Web browsing, e-mail and word processing. Supporting these multiple desktops, various software programs and often different operating systems can be an expensive and labor-intensive proposition. And if the engineers are 8,000 miles away, things can get really complicated. That was the problem for one client of Kovarus, a technology consulting firm in South San Francisco, Calif. This is the story of how Kovarus solved that problem through a combination of high-powered servers, thin clients and virtualization.