A software development kit has been unveiled for engineers implementing the StarFabric switched-backplane architecture in system designs. Version 1.0 of the software kit includes the fabric primitives library (FPL) as well as bus drivers for Linux, Windows 2000, and VxWorks. FPL is a library of routines implemented is objects and is source portable to different CPU architectures.
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.