Technical Working Groups

The technical groups are the heart of RISC-V. These groups create and maintain the hardware ISA and other items around it, including test and debug frameworks, software specs, and other technical aspects.

The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) is the technical governance body within RISC-V, made up of task group chairs and Premier members, with a hard limit of one representative per company, reporting monthly to the Board of Directors. RISC-V organizes our technical work through standing committees which guide the work done by task groups and technical special interest groups (SIGs).

There are two important notes about the technical lists. One is that RISC-V does all technical work visibly in the open, in “read-only” fashion – active participation in working groups is limited to members, but the archives are publicly visible. The other is that contributions on these working groups are considered to be RISC-V community property. In other words, ownership of all specifications is assigned directly to RISC-V International, who maintains the copyright and Creative Commons license on behalf of the member community, and no individual contributor retains ownership of work that ends up in the RISC-V specifications.

Technical task groups that have achieved their final deliverables are considered “graduated” – they are kept as archives, but participation is locked. In addition, technical groups prior to 2020 are archived within the server in separate groups titled groupname-archive.

Members have access to all archives, and they may join any working technical group other than the tech-chairs, which is specific to technical working group chairs, and the TSC, which is specific to Technical Steering Committee members. Please also see the Guide to Working with RISC-V.

The following diagram and table list all current technical groups.

Committee Task Group Description
tech General technical announcements & discussion
security Security Standing Committee
tech-tee TEE Task Group
tech-crypto-ext Cryptographic Extensions Task Group
security-response Security response team (proposed)
software Software Standing Committee
tech-unixplatformspec UNIX Platform Spec Task Group
tech-unprivileged Unprivileged Spec Standing Committee
tech-base-isa Base ISA Ratification Task Group (graduated)
tech-j-ext J Extension Task Group
tech-vector-ext Vector Extension Task Group
tech-bitmanip B Extension (Bitmanip) Task Group
tech-p-ext P Extension Task Group
tech-privileged Privileged Spec Standing Committee
tech-memory-model Memory Model Task Group (graduated)
tech-virt-mem Virtual Memory Task Group
tech-config Configuration Structure Task Group
tech-fast-int Fast Interrupt Task Group
trace-debug Debug & Trace Standing Committee
tech-trace Processor Trace Task Group (graduated)
tech-debug Debug Task Group (graduated)
tech-nexus Nexus Trace Task Group
formalspec-compliance Formal Spec & Compliance Comittee (proposed)
tech-compliance Compliance Spec Task Group
tech-formalspec Formal Spec Task Group

Non-technical Groups

Non-technical groups maintain and promote RISC-V as an organization. Activities include events, meetups, content, PR, programs for conferences, education, advocacy, and non-technical special interest groups (SIGs), as well as general administration and announcement groups.

Committee Working Group Description
mktg Marketing Committee
mktg-events Events Committee
mktg-ew Event Committee – Embedded World
mktg-meetups Bevy groups / meetups and other regional events
mktg-content Marketing and website content development & maintenance
mktg-research Market research committee
mktg-apac APAC regional group
mktg-chairs Marketing committee chairs
prog Program committee
prog-summit Program committee for annual RISC-V Summit
prog-chennai Program committee for Chennai summit (past)
prog-shanghai Program committee for Shanghai summit (past)
sig Special Interest Groups (general)
sig-academia-training Academia & Training special interest group
sig-safety Functional Safety special interest group
sig-hpc HPC special interest group
sig-soft-cpu FPGA and Soft CPU special interest group
allmem Announcement group for all members (low traffic). You should belong to this group.
main identity server. You MUST belong to this group to stay in the system.

Other Groups

Other groups include regional groups, other shared interest groups, and invitation-only groups such as the Board of Directors and Ambassadors.

Other Groups Description
bod RISC-V Board of Directors *
tsc RISC-V Technical Steering Committee (TSC) *
tech-chairs RISC-V Technical Task Group Chairs *
ambassadors RISC-V Ambassadors *
sig-japan Japan community special interest group
chinaadvcomm China Advisory Committee

* by invitation only