SEMI Anti-Piracy Server Certification Protocol for Software Licensing Reaches Key Milestone


Cadence, Siemens EDA, and Synopsys Approve Server Certification Protocol Thanks to the development effort led by the ESD Alliance; Protocol moves to standardization process

MILPITAS, California, August 31, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The SEMI Electronics System Design (ESD) Alliance today announced the completion of the SEMI Server Certification Protocol (SSCP) anti-piracy protocol for software license management, a one-year joint development effort led by the ESD Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community.

The SSCP, endorsed by Cadence Development Committee members, Siemens EDA, and Synopsys, uniquely identifies each client license server to ensure that licenses are issued only by authorized servers to protect against software piracy. The SCCP is currently in the process of standardization and will be managed by the SEMI Standards group after its finalization as an industry standard. Committee members intend to implement the protocol in their respective license management software.

“Many thanks to Cadence, Siemens EDA and Synopsys, our Joint Development Association partners, for their work in advancing the protocol,” said Bob smith, Executive Director of the SEMI ESD Alliance. “It took a concerted effort to reach this key milestone and this effort will continue as we move towards finalizing SSCP as an industry standard. Software piracy costs industry billions of dollars a year and harms both vendors and their customers, a problem the protocol will help alleviate.

An industry standard protocol to combat software piracy is a growing need for design automation software vendors to ensure that only authorized servers issue licenses. Design automation software is complex and requires continuous and significant investment in R&D. Bad actors can apply server cloning techniques to access unlicensed copies of the software, thereby disadvantaging legitimate users and software vendors by forcing software vendors to raise prices to support continued investments in R&D.

“The SSCP is an important step forward for the semiconductor industry in its efforts to stem software piracy,” said Nimish Modi, senior vice president of market and business development at Cadence. “Collaboration between design automation vendors ensures a broad and inclusive anti-piracy strategy. “

“Completing the server certification protocol is a huge achievement,” said Joe Sawicki, IC EDA executive vice president for Siemens. ” ” ” ” ” ” ” To

“Synopsys is delighted to be working with the entire design automation industry to define a method to combat piracy,” said Arun Venkatachar, vice president of central engineering, Synopsys. “It is essential for the industry to level the playing field for legitimate users. We are committed to working with SEMI and industry to implement the protocol and make it an industry standard.

“Ansys applauds the anti-piracy initiative led by the SEMI ESD Alliance to develop the SSPC,” said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president at Ansys. “Ansys is committed to ensuring fair access to all users and to fighting piracy. We are proud to partner with our peers in this effort.

To learn more about SSCP, contact the SEMI ESD Alliance at [email protected].

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