I have been serving as interim editor over at scope junction, and wanted to share a little bit of history that I dug up on the oscilloscope. It all began when I stared watching a video on YouTube called "Scopes for Dopes." Yes, ordinarily I would run from something with Dopes in its title, but the reviews were excellent. And, it was from a seminar run by some hams, so how could it be bad?!
Well, I still have much more of the video to watch, but the early part on the history of the scope really intrigued me, and it inspired me to do a little research myself. (How could I possibly resist the opportunity to bounce around the web looking for scope history...) If you want to check it out, follow the jump directly to scope junction to hear what I found out, and see some cool old pictures of the earliest scopes.
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.