Linux Kernel Preparations For RISC-V Vector ISA Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 6 January 2020 at 12:06 AM EST. 11 Comments
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While still a draft standard, support for the RISC-V "V" Vector Extension support for the Linux kernel is currently being prepared.

Sent out early Sunday was the latest kernel bits for supporting RISC-V's Vector ISA. The kernel patch was written against the proposed v0.8 draft extension.

The RISC-V Vector extension aims for high performance and efficient vector processing, support for domain-specific features in areas like machine learning and graphics, and support for SIMD-type operations and other features.

The current kernel work for this extension can be found on the kernel mailing list. Those wishing to learn more about the proposed RISC-V Vector Extension can find the current draft specification via this GitHub repository.
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