Complex manufacturing operations depend upon a tangle of software applications to track and monitor the product and equipment. A robust software structure that was industry agnostic would be a tremendous boon to industry. So far, it seems, the solutions require an army of expensive software engineers to implement and maintain ... and generally go live long after the intended date.
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.