Article: European Processor Initiative Tapes Out Their First RISC-V Test Chip

Hardware, Open Source, Software

European Processor Initiative Tapes Out Their First RISC-V Test Chip

The EPI recently announced that it has developed its first RISC-V device, the EPAC1.0, a RISC vector processor using the RISC-V ISA. Using the RISC-V architecture, the device can work with software libraries and other developments in the RISC-V environment. Furthermore, RISC-V removes the need for royalties and licenses when manufacturing processors that free the EPI from any outside commercial interest.

While RISC-V is nowhere near as popular as x86 or ARM, it is starting to gain traction and will undoubtedly become a major competitor. In addition, the use of an open-source ISA enables any manufacturer to create their own code-compatible CPU without worrying about licenses or royalties, which supports the development of lower-priced processors and encourages the use of open-source hardware.

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Article: An opportunity to redesign computer architectures

Data, Hardware, Software

An opportunity to redesign computer architectures

Can a computational storage device (CSD) provide similar efficiency gains for data processing?  Xilinix and Samsung have developed a smart SSD, which uses a field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip to accelerate certain data processing functions. One example where this is being used is for anomaly detection, where computational storage is used to scan 25 Tbytes of data in just 25 minutes.

It’s very early days in the evolution of computational storage. Existing enterprise storage providers do not see many indicators that it is set to take off. But data is exploding, and needs processing. Given the prospect that Quantum computing will disrupt classical computing, CSDs may well offer a way to satisfy voracious data appetite of a quantum computer.

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Article: RISC-V: Open-Source Alternative To ARM That Will Revolutionize The Processor Industry

Hardware, Open Source, Software

RISC-V: Open-Source Alternative To ARM That Will Revolutionize The Processor Industry

The open-source revolution made it possible for developers around the world to work together, creating new applications that are available to everyone. Today, we can find suitable or maybe better alternative open-source applications for every paid software.

So we only heard about the influence of the open-source community in the software sector. For obvious reasons — it is easier to develop software than hardware. However, there are also open-source projects associated with hardware, and one of the most promising is called RISC-V.

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Article: Big Tech Will Soon Use Your Smartphone, Other Gadgets To Monitor What You Do, Report Says

Censorship, Deplatforming

Big Tech Will Soon Use Your Smartphone, Other Gadgets To Monitor What You Do, Report Says

But whose standards are these? There is an implicit bias in whichever standards the coalition will build given that these Big Tech companies are often under the wing of high level politicians.

“What’s happening now in this country, nobody ever thought would happen. It is total censorship,” the former president said, attacking Big Tech. “You don’t have free speech in this country. But you know what happens, they take it off and now people talk about it more.”

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