Daily Log - 22nd August 2020

Today morning I came across an article on Twitter feed titled “Get Rid of AI saviorism” - which reminded me about the proverb “When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. While I’d love to paraphrase and write more here about what the author says, the article deserves to be read.

I am checking in on my website after a while. In the time I was away, lot of things happened which deserve a separate blog entry in itself.

Also came across CIRCT that aims to use the LLVM infrastructure to work with Verilog/SV. Seemed interesting and worth tracking to see where it goes.

The Indian Government has launched a “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge” - in its endeavour to make us all more self-dependent on our domestic infrastructure for electronics - beginning with a domestically created microcontroller based on the open-source RISC-V Instruction Set. I think it’s a great step forward and would be looking forward to see how teams participate and what they make.

In the past two days, I have been reading about the Shakti and Vega RISC-V cores created by IIT-Madras and C-DAC respectively and checking out their GitLab repositories. I am looking forward to try them out myself on the FPGA boards I have.

On the occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi I recorded a vocal cover of “Deva Shree Ganesha” using a readily available YouTube karaoke video. Had to lower the key two semitones to cover my vocal range, although it still pushed my vocal cords to their limits. I might upload it to YouTube, let’s see.

That’s it for the day.