50 Years in the Making: The Open RISC-V Instruction Set architecture [EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium & EE180]
About the talk (10:30-11:30):
We start by reviewing 50 years of computer architecture to show there is now widespread agreement on instruction set architecture (ISA). Unlike other fields, despite this harmony there is no open alternative to proprietary offerings from ARM and Intel. Our champion is RISC-V, whose foundation has been joined by nearly every hi-tech company (except for the two with popular proprietary ISAs). We continue the discussion by focusing on the challenges ahead as IC technology slows down, older architectural approaches face diminishing returns, and the needs of users change dramatically.
General Information: This presentation is the last lecture of EE180 for Winter 2017. The lecture is open to the public. The lecture will not be video recorded nor available on the web.
EE380 students and attendees are urged to attend this lecture, but it is optional. It cannot be substituted for one of the ten required EE380 lectures.