From the "oscilloscope as entertainment" department comes "Youscope," a short film, complete with music soundtrack, that uses a sound card to animate images on an oscilloscope. It came in third place in the short film competition at the recent ASSEMBLY 2007 computer festival in Finland:
The creator, a fifteen-year-old, wrote a C program to generate the waveforms. The oscilloscope was connected to a PC soundcard in X/Y-mode, with the right channel connected to the X input and the left to Y.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.