RISC-V: Instruction Sets Want to be Free!

  • Authors:
    Krste Asanovic (UC/Berkeley)
    Publication ID:
    P090967
    Publication Type:
    Presentation
    Received Date:
    22-May-2017
    Last Edit Date:
    22-May-2017
    Research:
    2384.001 (Harvard University)

Abstract

The most important interface in a computer system is the instruction set architecture (ISA) as it connects software to hardware. So, given the prevalence of open standards for almost all other important interfaces, why is the ISA still proprietary? We argue that a free ISA is a necessary precursor to future hardware innovation, and there's no good technical reason not to have free, open ISAs just as we have free, open networking standards and free, open operating systems.

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