Both foundations are non-profit making and California-based. The Linux Foundation was formed in 2000 and is in place to foster the use of the Linux open source operating system.
The RISC-V Foundation was founded in 2015 to promote the RISC-V open source processor architecture and now includes more than 210 institutional, academic and individual members. The Linux-RISC-V partnership will help grow the RISC-V ecosystem, the two foundations said in a joint press release.
The Linux Foundation will provide an example of neutral governance and of best practices for open source development as well as providing additional resources for RISC-V, such as training programs, infrastructure tools, as well as community outreach, marketing and legal expertise.
"With the rapid international adoption of the RISC-V ISA, we need increased scale and resources to support the explosive growth of the RISC-V ecosystem. The Linux Foundation is an ideal partner given the open source nature of both organizations," said Rick O’Connor, executive director of the RISC-V Foundation, in a statement. "This joint collaboration with the Linux Foundation will enable the RISC-V Foundation to offer more robust support and educational tools for the active RISC-V community, and enable operating systems, hardware implementations and development tools to scale faster."
"RISC-V has great traction in a number of markets with applications for AI, machine learning, IoT, augmented reality, cloud, data centers, semiconductors, networking and more. RISC-V is a technology that has the potential to greatly advance open hardware architecture," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation, in the same statement.
One of the areas where the Linux Foundation and RISC-V Foundation are already collaborating is on the provision of "getting started" guides for running the light weight Zephyr real-time operating system and Linux on RISC-V based hardware.
The Zephyr and Linux guides are due to be unveiled at the RISC-V Summit on December 3, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.
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