RISE to boost development of open source RISC-V software

RISE to boost development of open source RISC-V software

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By Nick Flaherty

Chip designers are at the heart of a new project to boost the development of open source software for the RISC-V instruction set.

The RISC-V Software Ecosystem (RISE) Project is a new collaborative effort that brings together global industry leaders committed to accelerating the availability of software for high-performance and power-efficient RISC-V cores.

The RISE Governing Board includes Imagination Technologies and Intel as well as Andes Technology, Google, MediaTek, Nvidia, Qualcomm Technologies, Red Hat, Rivos, Samsung, SiFive, T-Head, and Ventana.

RISE is hosted by Linux Foundation Europe and the effort supports the global open standard activities and achievements of RISC-V International.

“As RISC-V adoption continues to grow across a wide range of markets and applications, investment in the software ecosystem across the industry is accelerating. The RISE Project will coordinate this investment to avoid duplication and increase the pace of development. Imagination already has an extensive program of RISC-V software ecosystem development, including a large investment in open-source software. RISE will enable us to maximize the effectiveness of this, and further accelerate the fastest growing ecosystem in the industry,” said Pete Lewin, Director of CPU Ecosystems, Imagination Technologies. 

“Accelerating RISC-V support in the open source software ecosystem, aligned with platform standards, is critical to the growth of RISC-V adoption. Intel is pleased to join other industry leaders in the formation of RISE to further this goal,” said Mark Skarpness, Vice President and General Manager of System Software Engineering at Intel. 
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the RISC-V community, with continued popularity of the platform as well as strong progress across a variety of new use cases. However, this momentum must be supported by performant, secure, reliable and commercial-ready software,” said Amber Huffman, Chair of the RISE Project. “The RISE Project brings together leaders with a shared sense of urgency to accelerate the RISC-V software ecosystem readiness in collaboration with RISC-V International.”
“As a global community, we have made tremendous progress in RISC-V adoption. We are grateful to the thousands of engineers making upstream contributions and to the organizations coming together now to invest in tools and libraries in support of the RISC-V software ecosystem,” said RISC-V International CEO Calista Redmond. “Accelerating adoption is our shared mission. The collective investment of our community and in the RISE Project will build on that momentum.”

RISE Project members will contribute financially and provide engineering talent to address specific software deliverables prioritized by the RISE Technical Steering Committee (TSC). RISE is dedicated to enabling a robust software ecosystem specifically for application processors that includes software development tools, virtualization support, language runtimes, Linux distribution integration, and system firmware, working upstream first with existing open source communities in accordance with open source best practices.

“The RISE Project is dedicated to enabling RISC-V in open source tools and libraries (e.g., LLVM, GCC, etc) to speed implementation and time-to-market,” said Gabriele Columbro, General Manager of Linux Foundation Europe. “RISC-V is a cornerstone of the European technology and industrial landscape so we’re honored to provide a neutral, trusted home for the RISE Project under Linux Foundation Europe.” 

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