Keysight ADS


From Keysight Technologies' Website: Pathwave Advanced Design System (ADS) offers integrated design guidance via templates to help you get started faster. Extensive component libraries make it easy to find the part you want. Automatic sync with layout allows you to visualize the physical layout while making schematic designs.


  • 2016_01

Authorized Users

  • CIRCE account holders
  • SC account holders


  • CIRCE cluster
  • SC cluster


Keysight ADS requires the following module file to run:

  • apps/ads/2016_01

Running Keysight ADS on CIRCE/SC

The Keysight ADS user guide is essential to understanding the application and making the most of it. The guide and this page should help you to get started with your simulations. Please refer to the Documentation section for a link to the guide.

  • Note on CIRCE: Make sure to run your jobs from your $WORK directory!
  • Note: Scripts are provided as examples only. Your SLURM executables, tools, and options may vary from the example below. For help on submitting jobs to the queue, see our SLURM User’s Guide.

Multiprocessor Graphical ADS

Establishing a GUI connection to CIRCE/SC

To use Keysight ADS, you will need to connect to CIRCE/SC with GUI redirection, either using:

  • CIRCE/SC Desktop Environment
  • SSH with X11 redirection
    • If connecting from OSX or Linux via SSH, please ensure that you use one of the following commands to properly redirect X11:
      • [user@localhost ~]$ ssh -X
      • [user@localhost ~]$ ssh -X

Once connected to CIRCE, you can open Jmol using the steps below:

[user@login0 ~]$ module load apps/ads/2016_01
[user@login0 ~]$ ads

Using Design Kits

To load currently installed design kits, click !DesignKit->List Design Kits, and enable the ones you would like to use.

To load you own design kits, follow the instructions below.

  1. Start ADS and install the design kit:
    1. From the ADS main window, click DesignKit->Install Design Kits
    2. Click Browse (next to Path) and locate the design kit library folder
    3. The rest of the information will fill in automatically
    4. Select USER LEVEL
    5. Click OK and the design kit will be installed.
  2. The new library design kit can now be run; the components can be selected from either the component pallet or component library.


Home Page, User Guides, and Manuals

More Job Information

See the following for more detailed job submission information:

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs with Keysight ADS to the IT Help Desk: