There were decades of development of system for EDA design environment. The cost, capacity, speed and reliability are always the concern.
Years ago, I got the IDEA station and was able complete some of the project by using Graphic workstation.
Soon after, the homogeneous/heterogeneous computing and super-computer system, was implemented with multiple CPU cores and cache memory.
There were centralized computing and personalized computing system, with file servers and multiple network configurations.
Then there are VM systems, data center, cloud computing and big-data analysis.
Over the years, I'm still looking for the "idea" system for my EDA environment. Maybe there are never going to be one.