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Cadence Support

What does the software do?

We have a lot of software from Cadence - over 8GB worth on the Solaris platform. The most popular applications in use here at U of M include:

Other applications include:

Running on Unix/Linux:

Note: to run Cadence software on a non-CAEN EECS department machine, the machine must be part of the software subscription program.

Under /usr/caen/bin (which should be in your search path) are wrapper scripts for the most popular Cadence applications. These scripts set the proper environment variables for you and launch the application. Available applications include:

These wrapper scripts should use the version settings you select using the CAEN application swselect. If you haven't selected a version with swselect, the wrapper script will default to the latest stable version installed on the latest OS revision.

Setting up your environment to run executables NOT in /usr/caen/bin

First, identify which package it is that you're interested in and determine the install directory. Then add the following lines to your .cshrc or to a small set-up file that you intend to source prior to running the application, replacing instdir with the correct path.

ic*, dsmse, psd, ams and ldv Packages

setenv CDS instdir
setenv CDS_INSTALL_DIR $CDS/tools/dfII
setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH "/usr/openwin/lib:/usr/dt/:/usr/dt/lib:$CDS/tools/lib:$CDS/tools/verilog/lib:/usr/X11/lib:/usr/lib:/usr/X11R5/lib:$CDS/tools/leapfrog/lib"
setenv SHLIB_PATH /usr/lib:/lib:/usr/lib/X11:$CDS/tools/lib:$CDS/tools/verilog/lib:$CDS/tools/leapfrog/lib
setenv CDS_LIC_FILE $CDS/share/license/license.dat
setenv CDS_Netlisting_Mode Analog
setenv PATH "$CDS/tools/bin:$CDS/tools/dfII/bin:$CDS/tools/leapfrog/bin:$CDS/tools/dracula/bin:$CDS/tools/dsm/bin:$CDS/tools/specctra/bin:$CDS/tools/pcb/bin:${PATH}"

Note: If there are subpackages under $CDS/tools that you need in addition to dfII, leapfrog, etc., add them to the PATH setting above. Similarly, you can remove packages you don't need (e.g. remove leapfrog, dracula and specctra if just setting up silicon ensemble).

You may have to set NC_INST_DIR to $CDS_INSTALL_DIR for AMS.

Note: If running verilog on Red Hat 9, set LD_ASSUME_KERNEL as follows to get around the GLIBC_2.0 error:.

setenv LD_ASSUME_KERNEL 2.4.1

Cadence Chip-assembly router/Virtuoso Custom Router (aka IC Craftsman) Package

setenv CDS instdir
setenv CDS_LIC_FILE $CDS/share/license/license.dat
setenv PATH "$CDS/tools/bin:$CDS/tools/iccraft/bin:$CDS/tools/iccraft/gds_if/bin:$CDS/tools/iccraft/lefdef_if/bin:${PATH}"

SPR (Ambit) Package

setenv CDS_LIC_FILE instdir/license.dat
setenv PATH "instdir/BuildGates/current/bin:${PATH}"

Assura Package

setenv ASSURAHOME instdir
setenv CDS_LIC_FILE $ASSURAHOME/share/license/license.dat
setenv PATH "$ASSURAHOME/tools/bin:$ASSURAHOME/tools/assura/bin:${PATH}"

SEV Package (VoltageStorm, Fire & Ice)

setenv SIMPLEX_HOME instdir
setenv LM_LICENSE_FILE $SIMPLEX_HOME/share/license/license.dat
setenv PATH "$SIMPLEX_HOME/bin:${PATH}"

TSI (SignalStorm/Celtic/Pacific) Package

setenv TSIHOME instdir
setenv CDS_LIC_FILE $TSIHOME/share/license/license.dat
set path=($TSIHOME/tools/bin $path)
setenv TCL_LIBRARY $TSIHOME/tools/sndc/lib/sndc/tcllib

VSDE Package

Note: setup environment for ic package and add the following:

setenv ACV_ROOT instdir/tools/acv
set path=($ACV_ROOT/bin $path)
setenv LD_ASSUME_KERNEL 2.4.1 (Linux only)

SNA Package

source instdir/tools/seismic/CSHRC50
setenv CDS_LIC_FILE instdir/share/license/license.dat

NeoCell Package

setenv CDS_LIC_FILE instdir/share/license/license.dat
set path=(instdir/tools/NeoCell/bin $path)

Note: you will also have to set up your environment to run the IC package.

On-line Manuals

ic, dsmse, psd, ams, tsi and ldv Packages

On caen, run cdsdoc-ldv, cdsdoc-ic, cdsdoc-soc, cdsdoc-icc or cdsdoc-dsm at a unix prompt. For tsi and ams, use cdsdoc after configuring your environment.

SPR (Ambit) Package

Run "ac_shell -visual" at a unix prompt, then select Help->Documentation from the menu in the gui that comes up. Note that you may need to have netscape up in order for this to work. There is a small tutorial with an associated technology file described in this documentation.

NeoCell Package

You'll find pdf docs under instdir/tools/NeoCell/docs

SEV and SNA Packages

You'll find pdf docs under instdir/docs or instdir/doc.

Installed Versions/Platforms

Note:The Cadence University Program requires that members upgrade to the latest version of the software each year. While older versions may still be on the system, they may not be fully licensed.

Helpful Links

Last Updated: 10/1/2004.