Santa Claus is coming to town… providing the aerodynamics of his reindeer permit!
This month, ‘tis the season to write frothy Christmas themed captions for our contest, so let’s have ‘em folks.
Of course, it might not be Santa Claus at all looking through that window, it could just be an engineer who overdid it with the facial hair growing during Movember... Or a Coca Cola advertising executive. Who knows?
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the lab
Nothing was stirring, the weather was drab
Peter and Bob sat up late and lamented
That test gear budget cuts should be prevented
When all of a sudden Saint Nick he appeared
At the window and said “Well you both should be cheered!
I’ve brought you for Christmas some Tek MDO’s
And they should get rid of your test gear woes!”
(Sorry, shameless plug, you'll gather I'm a Tektronix fan... :-)
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.