We’re settling down to autumn in the northern hemisphere after the hustle and bustle of summer. In some ways, it's a relief—between holidays, vacations, company picnics, and the inevitable visiting guests and family, it seems like there's never enough time to get all of the work done. Doubtlessly, somewhere along the line you simply couldn't get to one of the newsletters. Want to catch up on what you missed? We've gathered together a selection of summer's top design features, just for you.
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.