Agilent Technologies accelerates defense simulations, harnesses compute clusters for fast system-level validation and test

Sept. 28, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif., 28 Sept. 2013. Agilent Technologies Inc.’s (NYSE:A) SystemVue platform for communications and aerospace/defense systems design, supports high-performance distributed computing.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 28 Sept. 2013. Agilent Technologies Inc.’s (NYSE:A) SystemVue platform for communications and aerospace/defense systems design, supports high-performance distributed computing.

System architects of wireless, 4G smartphone, and radar applications can now verify next-generation system performance up to 64 times faster using Linux-based grid computing managers such as the IBM Platform Load Sharing Facility, says a company representative.

SystemVue 2013.08 introduces the W1712 Distributed Computing Eight-Pack, which integrates with enterprise grid managers and provides concurrent licensing for up to eight dataflow simulations (and necessary add-on libraries). Users also can control simulation jobs directly from the SystemVue interface.

The W1712 is stackable in steps of eight, making accelerated validation of user algorithms in MATLAB, C++, and native SystemVue dataflow formats scalable across large server farms. The software collates simulation data into a single result, enabling users to automate regression suites for faster sign-off on design requirements.

“Our largest SystemVue customers asked us to help address the complexity of verification for multi-format smartphones and modern electronic warfare and defense systems,” says Todd Cutler, general manager of Agilent EEsof EDA. “By accelerating distributed simulations on Linux, designers can now validate algorithms against instrument-grade reference libraries, saving design iterations and lowering the risk of defects during the fabrication of critical integrated circuits.”

SystemVue 2013.08 introduces several new products and key capabilities, including:

A standalone W1711 SystemVue Engine that supports Linux, distributed computing and scripting with SystemVue’s API.

The W1902 Digital Modem Library with references for 40 popular modulation formats.

W1719 RF System simulation support for wideband applications with distortion, noise, and hundreds of carriers.

Direct support for digital upconversion in the wideband, modular Agilent M8190A arbitrary waveform generator, as well as support for Agilent’s M9391A PXI vector signal analyzer and M9381A PXI vector signal generator though Command Expert 1.2.

Reference library improvements to support phased-array radars, Beidou2 satellite navigation, Bluetooth smartphone networking, digital predistortion, and frequency-dependent VCSEL models for gigabit SerDes links.

SystemVue 2013.08 is now available for download at Prices start at $17,687. A free, 30-day evaluation copy is available at

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