The Linux Foundation Europe recently announced the RISC-V Software Ecosystem (RISE) Project. RISE will bring together leaders from across the industry to drive the development and adoption of processors that use the RISC-V architecture. 

“It’s an exciting time to be part of the RISC-V community, with continued popularity of the platform as well as strong progress across a variety of new use cases. However, this momentum must be supported by performant, secure, reliable and commercial-ready software,” said Amber Huffman, Chair of the RISE Project. “The RISE Project brings together leaders with a shared sense of urgency to accelerate the RISC-V software ecosystem readiness in collaboration with RISC-V International.”

The Governing Board for RISE includes Andes, Google, Intel, Imagination Technologies, Mediatek, Nvidia, Qualcomm Technologies, Red Hat, Rivos, Samsung, SiFive, T-Head, and Ventana.

In addition to driving adoption, RISE will also work to support the activities of RISC-V International, which is the group that publishes the specifications for the architecture. 

“Accelerating RISC-V support in the open source software ecosystem, aligned with platform standards, is critical to the growth of RISC-V adoption,” said Mark Skarpness, vice president and general manager of system software engineering at Intel. “Intel is pleased to join other industry leaders in the formation of RISE to further this goal.”

Larry Wikelius, senior director of technical standards at Qualcomm Technologies, added: “RISC-V’s flexible, scalable, and open architecture enables benefits across the entire value chain – from silicon vendors to OEM manufacturers to end consumers.”