It is all about the gifts

The same strategy that tamers use with dogs and speakers use to claim audience attention worked on me this morning. I was reading a blog entry called “Open Source Hardware - or - OpenSPARC as a platform for instruction" at Gery Serda's blog. It is a very interesting entry, he talks about OpenSPARC T1 and OpenSPARC T2 architectures, and the benefits for academic institutions to have now open source hardware too available.

Near to the finish he gives a link to OpenSPARC Internals e-book download, edited by David Weaver. It was the gift I was talking about.

Ok, I admit, I have an unusual love for e-books.

Books are one of the bests ideas ever. Pick a subject, choose some good authors, read cover to cover and you are now one of the specialists on the subject.  I see e-books as something that helps the democratization of knowledge.


Here are the highlights of the book:

  • How to customize and use OpenSPARC

  • How to start using OpenSPARC code

  • How to make basic changes including

    • configuring number of cores or threads

    • paring to a smaller size

    • fitting on an FPGA

    • adding extensions

  • How to set up

    • simulation environment

    • emulation environment

  • How to verify an OpenSPARC design


Here some professors quotes:

"The coverage is extremely broad and deep, from the basics of the OpenSPARC architecture, the rationale for throughput optimized microprocessor design, and the microarchitecture of the T1 and T2 implementations to a roadmap for using the T1 and T2 design database and design verification suites."
Kunle Olukotun, Stanford University
Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Director, Pervasive Parallelism Lab

Comments:

Thanks for spreading the word on OpenSPARC Internals

Posted by Gary Serda on November 12, 2008 at 08:23 AM BRST #

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