RISC-V architecture development

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Article from Issue 219/2019
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As open source software development for the RISC-V architecture moves ahead, maddog says stop complaining and start contributing to the project.

Recently a colleague sent me a link to an online article about the RISC-V Foundation and the Linux Foundation agreeing to work together to advance Linux and other open source software on top of the RISC-V architecture.

RISC-V, for those of you who do not know about it, is a relatively new architecture that originated at the University of California, Berkeley (the same people who developed the Berkeley Software Distribution, also known as BSD).

Having years of history and experience behind computer science, these architects "started from scratch" and were able to develop a relatively clean architecture that could support multiple address space sizes, as well as multiple usage cases (servers, portable devices, embedded systems, Internet of Things, etc.). This design allows trade-offs in the chips for speed and power without moving away from the basic architecture.

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