As one of the main driving forces behind the RISC-V architecture, SiFive tends to introduce and showcase RISC-V solutions not available from anyone else in the industry. This week the company demonstrated the industry’s first RISC-V cluster that could be used for high-performance computing.
The four-way cluster built by AB Open is based on four SiFive HiFive Unmatched developer motherboards each featuring a Freedom U740 system-on-chip for compute tasks as well as a SiFive HiFive1 Rev. B development board providing control of four relays used to power on/off the four boards. Each HiFive Unmatched motherboard with the Freedom U740 SoC is an individual system that can run high-level operating systems and is equipped with PCIe 3.0 x8/16 and M.2 slots as well as GbE and USB ports.