SEMI Anti-Piracy Server Certification Protocol for Software Licensing Achieves 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, Calif., August 31, 2021 /CNW/ — 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 year-long joint development effort led by the ESD Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community company.

The SSCP, approved by development committee members Cadence, Siemens EDA, and Synopsys, uniquely identifies each client license server to ensure licenses are issued only by authorized servers to help protect against software piracy. The SCCP is currently being standardized and will be managed by the SEMI Standardization Group after it is finalized as an industry standard. The 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 push will continue as we move towards finalizing the SSCP as an industry standard. Software piracy costs the industry billions of dollars a year and harms both providers and their customers, a problem the protocol helps to alleviate.”

An industry standard protocol to combat software piracy is a growing necessity 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. Malicious 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 R&D investments.

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

“The completion of the server certification protocol is a great achievement,” said Joe Sawicki, executive vice president of IC EDA for Siemens. “Congratulations to everyone who worked to establish this anti-piracy standard that protects against theft and provides a level playing field for all of our users.”

“Synopsys is excited to collaborate in the design automation industry to define a method to fight piracy,” said Arun Venkatachar, Vice President of Core Engineering at Synopsys. “It is critical for the industry to level the playing field for legitimate users. We are committed to working with SEMI and the 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 for all users and to fighting piracy. We are proud to stand alongside our peers in this effort.”

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

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