Patrick M. Hefferan

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This paper describes a family of multiprocessor-based accelerated CAD systems applied to electronic computer aided design. It discusses the product requirements, hardware architecture, system software, and principal applications running on the system. It also elaborates on the market and technology factors that influenced the product's development.
The digital system design support environment at Star Technologies, Inc. has changed radically in its implementation over a few years. Nevertheless, it has remained unusually effective in meeting corporate goals. This paper summarizes this evolution and the forces that drove it. Star's projected future CAE environment is also discussed.
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