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A couple of weeks ago was the RISC-V Global Forum. Earlier in the week, I wrote about RISC-V State of the Universe, mostly covering Krste’s keynote that was at 8:00am—that is to say, in the middle of the conference! Today, I will cover Dave Patterson on The First Decade of RISC-V: A Worldwide Phenomenon. Dave, as you probably know, developed the original RISC (now known as RISC-I) and another three generations after that. But after RISC-II, he didn’t keep calling the series RISC-III and RISC-IV, despite having coined the phrase RISC for Reduced Instruction Set Computer. RISC-V returns to the original naming (I assume you know that the “V” is a Roman numeral and so is pronounced “five”).

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