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Evaluating the RiscV Architecture

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Short Description

At the IIS we are working on a new family of ultra low power processors called PULP (Parallel Ultra Low Power Platform). Our current designs are based on the or1k core from the opencores project. We have modified this core significantly and call the new core or10n. The Risc V is another new micro-architecture designed by the Computer Science Department of University of California Berkeley.

In this work we would like to compare the performance of both cores in the PULP environment. As part of the project, you will adapt and implement a small Risc V compliant core, replace the or10n cores in a small PULP cluster with this new core and run an extensive set of comparisons. We would like to know how the cores compare in all performance aspects (area/ speed / power/ code size etc.) The plan is to manufacture the Risc V based PULP cluster in UMC 65nm technology, to obtain also measurement results.

Status: In Progress

Master thesis project by: Sven Stucki
Supervision: Frank K. Gürkaynak
Antonio Pullini


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Luca Benini

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