MIPS: response on speculative execution and side channel vulnerabilities

Updated January 18, 2018 The cache side channel vulnerabilities disclosed by security researchers recently have garnered much attention across the processor world.  Here is information on the susceptibility of MIPS processor implementations to these techniques. Scope Given the extensive history of the MIPS architecture and breadth of usage across the industry, there are many varieties … Read more

MIPS CPUs are at the heart of the world’s greenest supercomputers

Last week we saw the unveiling of the Green500 list, a biannual ranking of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world. A Japanese company called PEZY Computing dominates the list, occupying the first, second, third and fifth spots. The PEZY-SC2 SoC at the heart of these systems uses MIPS CPUs. Judging supercomputers by their energy … Read more

It’s all academic: how Imagination’s university programme empowers academia.

First unveiled by John Hennessy at Standford in the 1980s, last year the MIPS CPU architecture celebrated 30 years since its first introduction. ‘Clean’ and ‘elegant’ are words that are often used to describe the Reduced Instruction Set architecture of the MIPS processor and this makes it a great starting place for anyone that wants … Read more

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Imagination University Programme sees European success!

The first two months of the year were very busy for the Imagination University Programme! Partnering with Microchip and Digilent, we successfully held workshops in Europe as part of two themed tutorial series open to academics – The Connected Microcontroller (MCU) Lab and the Workshops for MIPSfpga. What are these workshops about? The Connected Microcontroller (MCU) … Read more

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Ukraine MIPS fpga hackathon proves big success

This post is by Ievgen Korotkyi, associate professor at the department of Design of Electronic Digital Equipment (DEDEC), Faculty of Electronics at the Igor Sikorsky Polytechnic Institute, Kiev, Ukraine. Ievgen is an IoT developer/consultant at IT company Infopulse. He has a PhD in Computer Science and is the founder and coordinator of the “Lampa” Open … Read more

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CES 2017 is coming: book your meetings now!

Some rejoice at its power and influence, while others are filled with dread as it looms large over the horizon. No, I’m not talking about the Death Star, I’m talking about the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 (CES), which is currently filling the skies of everyone in the tech industry. While Imagination does not deal directly … Read more