A new initiative to accelerate the creation of open source software for the RISC-V instruction set is focused on chip designers.
The RISC-V Software Ecosystem (RISE) Project is a fresh cooperative initiative that brings together world-class business leaders devoted to hastening the release of software for RISC-V cores that are both high-performance and power-efficient. Imagination Technologies, Intel, Andes Technology, Google, MediaTek, Nvidia, Qualcomm Technologies, Red Hat, Rivos, Samsung, SiFive, T-Head, and Ventana are all members of the RISE Governing Board.
RISE is run by the Linux Foundation Europe and supports RISC-V International’s global open standard initiatives and accomplishments. Members of the RISE Project will contribute funds and engineering expertise to tackle particular software deliverables that have been given top priority by the RISE Technical Steering Committee (TSC). Working upstream first with current open source communities in accordance with open source best practises, RISE is committed 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.
“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,” says 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.”