SAN FRANCISCO--On the surface, it seemed odd. But Advanced Micro Devices and the San Francisco Giants know their audiences. The major league baseball club knows many of its local fans are techies, and AMD knows that too.
There were give-aways (Giants jerseys, microprocessors and AMD-powered computers), food and beverages, and, of course, lots of tech talk and demos.
AMD expected several hundred people and appeared to get that many over the course of two hours. And while the event plays to the emerging "maker/hacker" spirit across the country, it was clear that most of the attendees were young adults rather than high school or college students.
Below is one of the highlights of the event, former AMD Corporate Fellow Patrick Moorhead (now consulting and blogging) getting down and dirty with a motherboard and showing the crowd how easy it is these days to pull together a PC. Subsequent pages offer some images from the afternoon.
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.