Last October, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote in his annual letter to shareholders that the software giant would be transitioning into a "devices and services" company. Microsoft already has made good on this promise in many ways, such as the introduction of its Surface tablets, the first of the devices to which Ballmer ostensibly referred.
But according to new reports, the CEO has even bigger changes planned, namely the first company-wide restructuring of his tenure. The new hierarchy, which could be revealed as soon as July 1, could leave many key executives looking for new jobs.
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.