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A RISC-V themed evening at the BCS

This months OSSG / OSHUG meetup at the BCS is on the theme of RISC-V.
The event is free but you need to register, the details are below.

Hopefully see you there.


Event #62 - RISC-V, RISC-V, RISC-V

On the 23rd November 2017, 18:30 to 21:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.

This months meeting will be on the theme of RISC-V, an open Instruction
Set Architecture (ISA) which started life at the University of
California, Berkeley.

Registration link:
Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 11:30 pm. No
more bookings will be taken after this date.

Bringing up cycle-accurate models of RISC-V cores
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The openness of the RISC-V ISA has enabled the development of many
open-source RISC-V cores with varying capabilities. Choosing an
implementation that meets given requirements can be done to some
extent by comparing specifications and other attributes of the cores,
but any decision must be based on actual testing. Using Verilator to
generate cycle-accurate models enables rapid development of testing

This talk provides a report of our experience bringing up
cycle-accurate models of two cores in particular, RI5CY from the PuLP
project, and Clifford Wolf's PicoRV32. For testing, a software
ecosystem consisting of a compiler, binary utilities, debugger, and an
interface between the model and debugger accompanies the Verilator

To compare the cores, we used the GCC test suite and the RISC-V ISA
test suite for measuring correctness, and the Bristol/Embecosm
Embedded Benchmark Suite (BEEBS) to compare performance. All code and
scripts used for the implementation are open-source, and can be
re-used by others who wish to do similar exercises with other RISC-V

* Edward Jones has a background in parsing techniques and works at
Embecosm on LLVM and GNU toolchains. He is also involved in research
by Embecosm to investigate ways in which the software tool chain can
reduce program energy consumption. Edward Jones is a Computer Science
graduate of the University of Kent.

FreeBSD/RISC-V and Device Drivers
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The FreeBSD port to RISC-V 64-bit ISA was added in January 2016. FreeBSD
is the first operating system that officially supported RISC-V in the
main repository.
Since its introduction, support has evolved, RISC-V privileged
architecture has updated a few times. The platform is maturing making it
suitable for general, commercial, research and educational
 use. The GCC v7.0 target for RISC-V was officialy upstreamed and NVIDIA
is planning to ship all of their GPUs with RISC-V coprocessor enabled in
the future. Several companies have announced the
 start of RISC-V chip development and many universities are taking
RISC-V as a target architecture for doing research. The world first
RISC-V microcontroller-class board HiFive1 was released and
 we are getting closer to the first general purpose board to become
available! This talk will describe the current status of FreeBSD/RISC-V,
toolchain and supported simulators. The porting process as well as
describing the latest changes made to FreeBSD in order to
support the latest RISC-V privilege specification (v1.10). This includes
enabling by default <acronym title="Flattened Dev
ice Tree">FDT</acronym> support and drivers attachment change, SBI
interface, compiler flags/built-in definition changes, support for
updated BBL boot loader, RISC-V privilege levels, initial pa
ge tables build, page table entry flags and other changes. An overview
of FreeBSD device drivers subsystem will also be covered describing the
device frameworks, buses and kernel-interfaces that
 exists in FreeBSD (e.g. Newbus, cdevsw, bus_dma, SYSINIT, vt, sound,
ifnet, spibus, etc), how to use and configure them and how to debug a
device driver. This should answer the question: How to
 write device driver for FreeBSD/RISC-V?

* Ruslan Bukin is a Research Associate at University of Cambridge
Computer Laboratory. He has been a FreeBSD user since 2002 and src
committer since 2013. His main interests and contributions to FreeBSD
are related to computer architectures support, performance monitoring
technologies support, hardware tracing technologies (Intel PT), device
drivers, DMA engines and DMA frameworks, hardware security (Intel SGX,
CHERI), heterogeneous computing. Ruslan is the lead developer of the
FreeBSD/RISC-V project. He obtained a Computer Science degree in 2008
from Peoples' Friendship University of Russia in Moscow

Talk #3
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Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.
For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS
does not issue invitation letters.

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