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Presentation: The Future of Operating Systems on RISC-V

Track: Modern Operating Systems

Location: Westminster, 4th flr.

Duration: 4:10pm - 5:00pm

Day of week: Monday

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RISC-V is a free and open instruction set architecture that is seeing frenzied development activity. It also represents a new development model for the hardware industry, enabling cross-industry collaboration on a common standard and spawning a range of open source implementations. This ability to influence its development and to produce new designs by modifying an open source base offers a range of opportunities for closer co-design of hardware and software. With a lower backwards compatibility burden, there is also the potential to break away from design decisions of the past.

This talk will give an overview of the status and development of RISC-V as it relates to modern operating systems, highlighting major research strands, controversies, and opportunities to get involved.

Speaker: Alex Bradbury

Co-Founder and Director @lowRISC, LLVM hacker

Alex is Co-Founder of lowRISC CIC, aiming to bring the benefits of open source development to the hardware industry by producing a high quality, secure, and open source SoC and associated infrastructure. He is a well-known member of the LLVM community, and is code owner and primary author of the upstream RISC-V backend. He was previously heavily involved in the Raspberry Pi project - serving as lead Linux developer before it gained a full-time development team.

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