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Overview for gsoc2016


After surfing the net for two decades and building lots of websites for other people it is at last time to have one of my own!  I kept postponing it for a long time and now that my project proposal for Google Summer of Code 2016 was accepted it was a first class opportunity to create a website and blog about all the interesting stuff that I will be working for the next 3 months. Hopefully I will continue to write even after GSoC 2016 ends since writing about your own stuff is fun!

Google Summer of Code 2016

My proposal for Google Summer of Code 2016 is named "RISC-V port to Parallella" which as the name suggests has to do with successfully porting a RISC-V ISA CPU implementation within the programmable logic (FPGA) of the Xilinx Zynq device of the popular Parallella board. Parallella is an incredibly small (credit-card size) embedded computer for hobbyists and students that can boot a Linux desktop / server on the ARM cores of the Zynq device. Besides Zynq, this board contains an Epiphany chip which is a very capable parallel processor from Adapteva with 16 or 64 core configurations. Thus for the next 3 months (23 May - 23 August) I will be working full-time on a very exiciting (atleast for me!) open-source project and it will be supported by the FOSSi (Free and Open Source Silicon) Foundation which is one of GSoC's participating organizations this year and which selected my proposal (thank you guys!).

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Written by Elias Kouskoumvekakis on Wednesday May 11, 2016