Article: Are we seeing the takeover from RISC-V?

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Are we seeing the takeover from RISC-V?

If RISC-V is to be taken seriously as a competitor against ARM, manufacturers of microcontrollers such as Microchip and STMicroelectronics could look into creating RISC-V microcontrollers. This would remove the need for royalties while also helping develop the RISC-V market. RISC-V will also be heavily reliant on the open-source community to create software libraries and platforms for processor technology.

Looking forward to the next ten years, there is no doubt that RISC-V will not only become a competitor of ARM but will most likely take over their market share once the advantages of a royalty-free processor are made clear to manufacturers. Furthermore, it is likely that RISC-V supporting companies will form who will provide software and hardware surround the RISC-V core, and this, in turn, will help medium-sized companies get into the RISC-V markets.+

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Article: Open-source GPU technology for supercomputers

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Open-source GPU technology for supercomputers

The most important programs for mathematical modeling are developed by international teams and scholars from dozens of institutions. Development is carried out within the open-source paradigm and under free licenses. The competition of two contemporary microelectronics giants, Nvidia and AMD, has led to the emergence of a new open-source infrastructure for GPU accelerators’ programming, AMD ROCm. The open-source character of this platform gives hope for maximum portability of codes developed with its use, to supercomputers of various types. Such AMD strategy is different from Nvidia’s approach, whose CUDA technology is a closed standard.

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Article: Special Project: The Rise of Open Hardware

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Special Project: The Rise of Open Hardware

Market forces, limits of scaling and the emergence of disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence have fueled the rise of open source hardware. Still, as this EE Times Special Project demonstrates, physical, legal and economic barriers remain as a fledgling group of open source advocates and a handful of commercial vendors seek to democratized hardware design.

Those proponents and early adopters have focused their energies on reduced instruction set computing, the foundational RISC architecture that emerged from the University of California at Berkeley in the 1980s. RISC has seeded the beginnings of an ecosystem extending beyond processor technology to include open interconnects, network and, ultimately, open computing.

As with open source software, key chip makers are eyeing the open hardware movement. Some perhaps with trepidation as semiconductor scaling runs out of steam and monster GPUs and CPUs accelerators approach the end of the line, giving way to new heterogeneous devices and chiplets.

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Article: Study: Facebook delivers biased job ads, skewed by gender

Censorship, Media

Study: Facebook delivers biased job ads, skewed by gender

Facebook is showing different job ads to women and men in a way that might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws, according to a new study.

University of Southern California researchers who examined the ad-delivery algorithms of Facebook and LinkedIn found that Facebook’s were skewed by gender beyond what can be legally justified by differences in job qualifications.

Men were more likely to see Domino’s pizza delivery driver job ads on Facebook, while women were more likely to see Instacart shopper ads.

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Article: AMD says it won’t try and stop crypto miners from using its graphics cards

Crypto, Hardware

AMD say it won't try and stop crypto miners from using its graphics cardsAMD says it won’t try and stop crypto miners from using its graphics cards

Computing hardware maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has no plans to follow rival Nvidia in limiting the use of its GPU products for cryptocurrency mining.

PC Gamer reports that the comments came during a pre-briefing call about AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card. Graphics cards are used to mine certain cryptocurrencies, including Ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network.

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