Success Story:HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd                                                                             ...
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FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd Success Story

  1. 1. Success Story:HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd “FlexNet Manager for EngineeringCustomer Profile: HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. is a leading chipset solutionprovider for telecom network, wireless terminal, and digital media. Founded in 1991 Applications gives us a proactive,as the ASIC Design Center of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., HiSilicon became anindependent, wholly owned subsidiary of Huawei in 2004. The company provides systematic, and comprehensive solutionend-to-end chipsets and solutions to more than 200 global operators in more than100 countries. It has created more than 120 chip designs and has shipped 150 for managing our EDA software licenses.million chips. We are achieving a higher level ofChallenge: HiSilicon designers rely on sophisticated electronic design automation management compared with the manual,(EDA) tools from Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, and other EDA vendors toaccelerate chipset design. The servers that manage licenses for these tools reside atHuawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Because design teams span the globe — reactive approach we used in the past,with people in Beijing, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (USA), and Sweden — ensuring licenseavailability is a critical concern. If an issue on the license server prevents a designer which involved waiting for issues tofrom checking out a license, the impact can be huge: In addition to losing an entireday of work, a delay in getting access to an EDA tool could also cause the designer arise and then trying to resolve miss a critical deadline. The company needed to improve license server availabilityand gain better visibility into EDA software license usage. Now, with FlexNet Manager, licenseSolution: To provide streamlined management of its various license servers, availability is improved, as is designHiSilicon installed FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications. This advancedconcurrent license management solution provides a single console view that enables team productivity.”organizations to be proactive in resolving license availability issues, managing licenseserver administration, and optimizing software license utilization to reduce costs. Wu XiaoBenefits: Initially, the primary benefit will be faster response to license server CAD Engineer,issues, less down time and fewer denials of service, which will enhance productivity HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. and allow designers to meet tight deadlines. Ultimately, because the staff will havedetailed usage analysis, including peak usage and denials of service for its expensivetechnical applications, the company will be able to reduce licensing costs and moreaccurately forecast future licensing needs.
  2. 2. Background more accurate tracking and reporting When HiSilicon designers need to than other solutions on the market. use a particular EDA tool, a license • he rich feature set exceeded T is automatically requested from the HiSilicon’s requirements for license appropriate license server, which residesDesigning and marketing application- server administration and concurrent at Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen,specific integrated circuits (ASICs) is a license optimization. China. If there’s an issue with the serverfiercely competitive business. The industry or if all licenses are already checkedis characterized by intense pressure to Phase 1: Improved Management out, the designer can’t use the tool.constantly shrink design cycle times. HiSilicon is currently rolling out the This is known as a denial of service.HiSilicon designers rely on EDA tools capabilities of FlexNet Manager for Consequently, productivity comes to ato help them develop new chip designs Engineering Applications. Overseas halt. The business impact can be serious.quickly and efficiently. These tools are site administrators now have administrator With time zone differences, it can translateoften costly, so managing licenses accounts that allow them to self-manage into losing up to a full day of productivity.effectively is critical to containing the licenses and license servers for Worse yet, there’s the risk that thedevelopment costs. the EDA applications used at their designer will miss a project deadline. design locations.HiSilicon designers use a variety of Prior to implementing FlexNet Managertools from leading EDA vendors — “We have already achieved our first for Engineering Applications, HiSiliconSynopsys, Cadence, MentorGraphics, goal, which was to enable overseas was managing its license servers usingAgilent, Springsoft and others — to users to perform basic management home-grown scripts to poll the serversmaintain high productivity and meet of their licenses,” said Wu Xiao, CAD every 30 to 60 minutes.tight project deadlines. In many cases, engineer for HiSilicon Technologies.the company has acquired multiple “And we can already see that FlexNet With the number of applications andsolutions from these vendors. For Manager has a lot more features that users growing, manual processes wereexample, HiSilicon uses more than will be very useful for us.” no longer adequate. It was becoming30 applications from Synopsys. difficult to ensure that all license servers were operating properly. Moreover, if Xiao noted that, after implementation,Every one of these EDA vendors uses staff members discovered features a server went down, it was taking toothe same technology to protect their that they didn’t know were available much time to perform a restart.intellectual property and prevent in FlexNet Manager for Engineeringunauthorized software use. That Applications. For example, the solution HiSilicon needed a more automatedtechnology is FlexNet Publisher from helps the staff easily manage expired way of managing EDA license utilizationFlexera Software. More than 20,000 licenses for application features, and keeping servers running reliably.commercial applications utilize FlexNet eliminating a lot of manual effort. This would provide overseas designPublisher’s FlexEnabled licensing to ensure teams with ready access to EDA toolsthat the number of licenses in use at any The staff expects to see an increase in and ensure a high level of productivity.given time does not exceed the maximum productivity due to a reduction in theallowed by the contract terms. number of support tickets submitted by The obvious choice was FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications. With overseas users. In time, the companyCompanies that purchase those EDA tools estimates it will improve productivity by this advanced solution, HiSilicon canalso need a license management solution up to 10 percent or more, with FlexNet centralize license management across allto ease license server administration Manager for Engineering Applications. EDA software solutions, regardless of theand optimize their concurrent licenses. licensing technology used.To that end, HiSilicon implemented Phase 2: Usage Reporting andFlexNet Manager for Engineering Optimization HiSilicon selected the Flexera SoftwareApplications. FlexNet Manager The next phase involves taking advantage solution for three primary reasons:streamlines license management for of detailed usage analysis and reportingapplications that use FlexNet Publisher • he solution’s comprehensive, T that permits more precise alignment ofas well as other licensing technologies. visual license management system license purchases to meet business needs. allows overseas users with different For example, reports show how manyWith this solution in place, the overseas user authorities to manage their licenses are in use at any given time—staff has the ability to resolve issues with own licenses. revealing peak usage, and how oftenlicense servers more quickly and avoid • ight coupling between the T denials of service occur.downtime. It also provides better visibility Flexera Software licensinginto license usage and ultimately will technology (FlexNet Publisher) ContinueFlexera Software LLC optimize license utilizationenable them to Schaumburg and United Kingdom (Europe, software license optimization Australia (Asia, For more office locations visit:1000 reduce software costs. (Global Headquarters):and East Woodfield Road, Middle East Headquarters): Pacific Headquarters): www.flexerasoftware.comSuite 400 +1 800-809-5659 solution 870-871-1111 +44 (FlexNet Manager) provides +61 3-9895-2000Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA +44 870-873-6300Copyright © 2012 Flexera Software LLC. All other brand and product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners. FMS_CS_FX-IT_Nov12
  3. 3. With the information provided by FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications, HiSilicon can optimize license counts, reduce denials of service, and perhaps conduct an application remix to optimize licenses based on individual design team usage. The end result is the ability to minimize denials of service for designers without overbuying expensive EDA software licenses. About Flexera Software Flexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management; solutions delivering continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value to application producers and their customers. Flexera Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers that depend on our comprehensive solutions - from installation and licensing, entitlement and compliance management to application readiness and software license optimization - to strategically manage application usage and achieve breakthrough results realized only through the systems-level approach we provide. For more information, please go to: Next Step: For more information, visit or contact a Flexera Software representative.Flexera Software LLC Schaumburg United Kingdom (Europe, Australia (Asia, For more office locations visit:1000 East Woodfield Road, (Global Headquarters): Middle East Headquarters): Pacific Headquarters): www.flexerasoftware.comSuite 400 +1 800-809-5659 +44 870-871-1111 +61 3-9895-2000Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA +44 870-873-6300Copyright © 2012 Flexera Software LLC. All other brand and product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners. FMS_CS_HiSilicon_Dec12