All About Circuits Article: Utilizing Open Source Hardware in Academic Environments

In this article, Frank K Gürkaynak of ETH Zurich explores and explains his team’s process of choosing and utilizing the open-source hardware platform RISC-V in an academic environment.

Five years ago we started the Parallel Ultra Low Power (PULP) project at ETH Zürich together with the University of Bologna under the leadership of Luca Benini. Our goal was to explore novel computing architectures that are able to get the most out of the energy the system uses over a wide operational range starting from tiny systems used in the internet of things (IoT) all the way up to applications in high-performance computing (HPC). It was clear for us that to build such a system we would need a small but efficient processor core. But where to find such a processor core that we could use?


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