I'm putting the finishing touches to a proposal that I hope allows me to teach a short course at the local high school this summer or autumn for seniors who plan on entering the sciences. It's a course I've wanted to do for 20 years, drawing on info I've pulled together over 40 years, and I'm confident it'll provide the typical student with new perspectives.
That's because I know from observation that even some with years in the technical fields and academia have long forgotten how to address basic topics ranging from technical terminology to helping their students understand a problem in the simplest way.
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.