Turing Award winners lead Tsinghua and Berkeley to build RISC-V International Open Source Laboratory

 Turing Award winners lead Tsinghua and Berkeley to build RISC-V International Open Source Laboratory

President Qiu Yong conferred an honorary doctorate from David Paterson Tsinghua University

As a world-renowned top scientist in the field of computer architecture, David Paterson first proposed the Reduced Instruction Set (RISC) system. The Fifth Generation Reduced Instruction Set (RISC-V) is the latest generation of Berkeley RISC processor instruction set, which was first released in 2011 by the University of California team led by Professor Paterson. The development of RISC-V hardware and software technology has attracted worldwide attention.

In particular, the instruction set is completely open source and free of charge. Academician David Paterson has always insisted on the open source of original knowledge achievements, hoping to promote RISC-V globalization by non-commercial open source movement and form a new open source CPU ecological system.

RIOS Laboratory will aim at the new direction of world CPU industry strategy development and the industrial innovation demand of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Dawan District, focus on the research field of RISC-V open source instruction set CPU, and build RISC-V global innovation network with Shenzhen as the root node. The research will greatly promote the industrialization of RISC-V technology and the construction of hardware and software ecology. RIOS Laboratory is headed by Academician David Paterson and will rely on Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen College.

David Patersons proposal for RIOS

RIOS means River in Spanish, which means gathering resources and forming cohesion. Naming the lab RIOS also conveys Academician David Patersons support for open source and good wishes for the future of cooperation. In the future, relying on this laboratory, we will carry out masters and doctors training projects, and as part of the core discipline construction of Shenzhen International Graduate School of Tsinghua University, we will establish supporting measures in the selection of teachers and researchers.

Tsinghua and the University of California, Berkeley have a solid foundation for cooperation. As early as 1979, the two universities signed the first academic exchange agreement between Tsinghua University and foreign universities since the reform and opening up. Over the past 40 years, the two schools have worked together to address major challenges facing the world. They have carried out cooperative research in many fields, such as energy, environment, health, economy and social development. Based on years of cooperation and mutual trust, in 2014, Tsinghua University and University of California, Berkeley jointly established Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen College with the support of Shenzhen Municipal Government. With their comprehensive disciplinary advantages and strong engineering foundation, Tsinghua University and University of California are attracting world-class students and top professors and researchers, and are committed to cultivating industrial scientists and solving Chinas world-class problems.

David Paterson and TBSI Teachers and Students Exchange

The construction of RIOS laboratory in Shenzhen is also of far-reaching significance. Its research direction is in line with the strategic emerging industry layout of Shenzhen. It will greatly promote the industrialization process of RISC-V and its wide industrial application in the world, and further establish contacts and cooperation with major global companies. RIOS Laboratory will be located in Shenzhen. It will also gather and train high-end and urgently needed talents for processor and open source hardware design for Shenzhen. It will contribute to the construction of Shenzhen International Science and Technology Ecosphere and the layout of intelligent hardware industry chain, and enhance the voice and influence of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Dawan District in RISC-V Open Source Processor Global Ecosphere.

Source: Responsible Editor of Tsinghua University: Gu Yuxin_NBJS8596