Attendees: Jeff, Rafael, Yu Bo, Daniel (oreboot, LinuxBoot, PSI, Fiedka), Axel, Peter, Thea, Prasanna
Reflections on 2022
What did we do well?
Sharing of Ecosystem information and topics, e.g. Labs
Rework of the work-flow, community (Google Groups), and website
Flexibility of program, specifically which boards/projects
What could we improve?
Continued focus/support of Linux distros e.g. Debian
Expand our participation from other OSs or OS environments
Finding a better way to promote “successes” with DevBoards
Finding a better way to promote ourselves
Increase the scope of our participant backgrounds/expertise – for example other distributions, board vendors, etc.
Outreach activities like SCC (Student Cluster Competition) at ISC/SC – participate in activities where RISC-V can be used, DevBoards can be promoted, and everyone wins!!!
Work more closely with Academic & Training Initiatives (Megan’s program; https://lists.riscv.org/g/sig-academia-training )
What would we like to accomplish in 2023?
What new boards should we expect?
Unmatched replacement from SiFive (Horse Creek SOC)
Ventana board? (Veyron V1 SoC)
Alibaba board? (C908 SOC)
Multi-SoC manycore platforms, clusters
Shakti SOC? (no SBC board yet)
What characteristics do we need/want in a board and for what use
>= 16 GiB memory
Good support with Linux Kernel (Mainline!) and Distros,
limited/NDA’d documentation due to IP issues, thus less suitable for OS development
Basic developer board (Raspberry Pi)
2+ SMP Cores
General IoT development board
small, cheap, available in multiples,
lots of I/O PINs,
comprehensive documentation about Core and Peripherals
Special Use Cases
Accelerator development board
Automotive DevKit: CAN bus
Mobile phone DevKit: 64-bit SOC, …
“Bucket (suitcase-full) of SWAG boards”: low-cost, already purchased, at events
What new programs, activities, might we engage in
Google Summer of Code
SUSE(?), Fedora hacking activities
Platforms (written updates noted in Dev Board Group Minutes document)
https://sipeed.com/licheepi4a - TH1520, 12nm, RISC-V 1.8GHz 4x C910 + C906 + E902
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/01/google-announces-official-android-support-for-risc-v/ - Google wants RISC-V to be a “tier-1” Android architecture
https://www.eetimes.com/examining-the-top-five-fallacies-about-risc-v/ - David Paterson’s discussion about 5 RISC-V myths
https://www.eetimes.com/risc-v-summit-2022-all-your-cpus-belong-to-us/ - A great summary of RISC-V announcements at Summit, including my favorite item: “Qualcomm’s Manju Varma revealed that the company has been using RISC-V CPU cores in its chips since the Snapdragon 865 and has shipped over 650 million RISC-V cores to date.”
New action items: