Ethernet, PON plus CWDM drive fiber closer to the curb
Given the massive telecom recession and the metropolitan fiber overbuild,
the last thing any pundit might have expected was a move to make fiber deployment cheaper
in the last mile to home and office, and in the feeder rings leading to metropolitan Sonet rings.
The cost of single-mode fiber itself, as well as the craft costs of fiber splicing and installation,
have not experienced the kinds of drops that could make fiber to the curb or desktop ubiquitous.
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.