We're faced with a rare but pleasant surprise as the judges open the sealed golden envelope revealing the winner of the EE Life cartoon caption contest for July: a tie.
David Ashton, the pride of Australia and one of our favorite EE Lifers, and Spreadspcowboy both received the most number of votes in a hard fought contest to determine the best line to go with Daniel Guidera's building blocks cartoon.
Ashton's winning line: "Welcome to the "Sweatshop Lab". Those little cubes are where we live at night. Mine's 'B'."
Spreadspcowboy's winning line: "Having assembled the necessary building blocks, the team starts testing their design."
Each will receive an inked and signed version of the cartoon with his winning caption emblazoned on it, as well as the thanks of grateful EE Life judges.
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.