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Linux Foundation and RISC-V International launch free RISC-V training classes


RISC-V, the emerging open-source instruction set processor architecture, is growing up. Sure, most of the attention has come from hardware hackers playing on RISC-V processors on development boards from companies such as SiFive. But, according to RISC-V CTO Mark Himelstein, RISC-V processors have already found a home in data centers and Alibaba cloud servers. So, it's high time for classes on how to use this new open-source hardware architecture. Then you need to know Linux and open-source software.

Open-source chip mimics Linux's path to take on closed x86 and ARM CPUs


If you're buying a PC or server, you've likely considered chips based on x86 or, perhaps less often, the ARM architecture. But like Linux in software, an open-source chip project is out to break the dominance of proprietary chips offered by Intel, AMD, and ARM. The RISC-V open-source architecture, created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010, is open to all who want to use it. The RISC-V design can be modified for PCs, servers, smartphones, wearables, and other devices. A startup called SiFive is the first to make a business out of the RISC-V architecture.

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


Recently, the EPI announced that it has developed its first HPC chip using RISC-V technology and is now in the stages of having the device fabricated. What is the EPI, what will the new device be capable of, and how does this release demonstrate the potential of RISC-V architecture? The European Processor Initiative collects different institutions across the EU that aim to develop and create high-performance, low-power chips for use in supercomputers and other big data applications. Currently, most processors used in supercomputers are proprietary and often sourced from foreign nations. For example, the main processor technology currently in use is x86/x64, and these processors are only designed and manufactured by two companies; Intel and AMD.

5 Billion-dollar Industries That Will Be Changed By Artificial Intelligence


Chatbots are just the beginning of how AI will reshape customer service. Rowan Trollope, CEO of Five9, a cloud contact center software provider, foresees AI conducting call analysis in real time and delivering proactive product suggestions. A B2B software firm might use it to create content that addresses leads' most common sticking points. Internally, customer service staff could use it to learn which phrases tend to agitate callers and which calm them.

5 Billion-dollar Industries That Will Be Changed By Artificial Intelligence


There's no question that artificial intelligence (AI) will be widespread in five years. Yet we don't know exactly what it will look like.