Article: How the U.S. Government Can Learn to See the Future

Open Governance, Standards

How the U.S. Government Can Learn to See the Future

In 1973, then-Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger argued that policymaking could be reduced to a process of “making complicated bets about the future,” noting that it would be helpful if he could be supplied with “estimates of the relevant betting odds.”

Despite Kissinger’s plea for betting odds, forecasting efforts in the government today remain underdeveloped. The early failure to anticipate and prepare for the coronavirus, despite indicators that a pandemic was likely, has cost hundreds of thousands of American lives.

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Article: The OSFPGA Foundation aims to promote open-source FPGA tools and IP blocks

Code, Open Software, Open Source

The OSFPGA Foundation aims to promote open-source FPGA tools and IP blocks

There are been some initiatives to work on open-source tools for FPGA. Major FPGA vendors have made limited efforts, with for example Xilinx recently releasing the source code for HLS FPGA tool’s front-end, but most of the work is done by the community with projects like Symbiflow dubbed the GCC of FPGAs, or Project IceStorm for Lattice Semi FPGAs.

Industry veterans and academics have decided to launch the Open-Source FPGA (OSFPGA) Foundation that aims to bring together companies, universities, and individuals to advance open-source FPGA capabilities, establish cooperation channels, promote outreach and education, and coordinate joint efforts around an open-source FPGA ecosystem.

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Article: Open-source software verification of open-source hardware design like RISC-V possesses many new challenges.

Design, Open Source, Open Space

Open-source software verification of open-source hardware design like RISC-V possesses many new challenges.

The allure of open-source hardware is the flexibility for designers to create their own CPU-based platforms. Advocates believe that freely available open-source systems will encourage a new wave of processor innovation and create new market segments. These advocates point to the increasing amount of open-source IP that is available and being implemented in many new chip designs. But what about verification?

While the design community is encouraged, the verification engineers are cautious. In the past, instruction set architectures (ISA) used with intellectual property (IP)-based processors came from a single source, e.g., Arm, Intel, AMD, etc. These ISAs utilized industry verification tools and methodologies.

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Article: Verification In The Open Source Era

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Verification In The Open Source Era

What does open-source verification mean to us, Siemens EDA, and more precisely in the hardware assisted verification domain? It is really business as usual. You need views, you need RTL that compiles, you need a test bench that runs, you need Qemu so you can do hybrid emulation. It’s not too different from the perspective of a hardware-assisted verification, emulation, and prototyping provider.

Open source doesn’t mean everything is free. In the context of test and verification, tools that are open source do not automatically translate into high quality verification.

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Article: Why Julia is Turning Heads in 2021

Language, Open Data, Open Source

Why Julia is Turning Heads in 2021

There is plenty to be said for legacy codes—the ones that still do the job even if they lack flexibility and elegance. But with more science and engineering codes in need of a refresh to make AI/ML a possibility.

Starting with a cleaner slate with something that provides the best of C or C++ and the usability of Python, for example, is becoming more attractive, especially when all the differential programming and other tools to make machine learning in engineering are built in specifically for those science and engineering domains.

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Article: Protecting open source software by analyzing community behavior

Open Software, Open Source

Protecting open source software by analyzing community behavior

To maintain the security of the Defense Department’s open source software supply chain, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to create a dynamic and continuously updated OSS situational awareness capability.

The SocialCyber program aims to preserve an OSS project’s integrity and security by providing early warnings of weaknesses, impending project disruption, stagnation or collapse, according to a March 15 presolicitation.

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Article: Linux Foundation, DARPA collaborate on open source for 5G

Open Infrastructure, Open Source, Spectrum

Linux Foundation, DARPA collaborate on open source for 5G

The Linux Foundation has signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to establish an open source project for the U.S. government. The agreement calls for the Linux Foundation and DARPA to work together in the areas of 5G, edge, artificial intelligence, standards, programmability and IoT, among other technologies.

According to a press release, the project will launch as a standard open source project with neutral governance and a charter similar to other projects within the Linux Foundation. It’s also leveraging existing network open source projects and community efforts in the form of SDN/NFV, disaggregation and cloud native.

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Article: Open Spectrum – ACM Queue

Open Infrastructure, Spectrum

Open Spectrum – ACM Queue

Just as open standards and open software rocked the networking and computing industry, open spectrum is poised to be a disruptive force in the use of radio spectrum for communications. At the same time, open spectrum will be a major element that helps continue the Internet’s march to integrate and facilitate all electronic communications with open standards and commodity hardware.

Open spectrum is a collection of new radio technologies. The core concept is that technology and standards can dynamically manage spectrum access (and, thus, spectrum sharing), in place of the current static band allocations through bureaucratic “command and control.”

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