This has been a widespread problem at my University for some time now. Sometimes everything works fine with simulations. Other times (apparently at random) Spectre simulations will not work when started through the Analog Environment. When it starts to fail, it generally will continue to do so for a long period and restarting Cadence does not help. If I try again the next day sometimes it will work, other times it won't. When it fails to run, the spectre.out window displays a message similar to "Simulation failed. See output.log file for more information." However, this file is not created.
When this happens we use a workaround to run simulations: Using the console, we browse to the simulation/Design_Name/spectre/schematic directory and run the Spectre command from the command line, using the command that has been set up in ADE. This always works, and the results can be loaded into ADE and analyzed as usual. The problem with this workaround, other than being a hassle, is that there is no way to run parametric simulations (as far as I can figure out).
Versions being used are:
Our servers are Sun machines.The problem seems to be independent of design kits, and will even appear for the simplest circuits (eg. a voltage source, resistor and ground from analogLib).
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.