In June of this year, five undergraduate students of computer science and technology major of Chinese Academy of Sciences graduated with their self-designed processor chips. The chip, named “shell”, will appear on the risc-v Global Forum on September 2 this year and make its debut on the international stage after nine months from design to production.

it is reported that the reason why five undergraduates, including Jin Yue, Wang Huaqiang, Wang Kaifan, Zhang Linjun and Zhang Zifei, graduated with chips of their own design, participated in the “one chip for life” program launched by the national science and Technology University of China in August 2019. The goal of the plan is to cultivate processor chip design with solid theoretical and practical experience by allowing undergraduates to design and tape out processor chips Plan talents.

Bao Yungang, director of the “one chip for life” program, Professor of computer school of National University of science and technology and director of advanced computer system research center of Institute of computing of Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that the plan sprouted at the world Internet Conference in Wuzhen in 2018, and there was a question about “how to make open source chip ecology”. Professor Bao Yungang believes that the combination of teaching and open-source chip ecology, so that undergraduates can also make chips, is the key to building an open-source ecology, and also the key to solving the shortage of domestic processor chip design talents.

academician sun Ninghui, Dean of the school of computer science and technology of the National University of science and technology and director of the Institute of computing, Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that the “one core life” plan aims to cultivate 500 students in China every year in three years, 1000 students in five years and 10000 students in 10 years.

it is reported that as the first achievement of the “one chip for life” program, this is the first time in China that a 64 bit risc-v processor SOC chip is designed and implemented by five 2016 undergraduate students. The chip can run Linux operating system and UCAS core, which is written by students themselves.

in fact, this talent training mode is not the first. In the research of the team, it is found that the closest to the goal of “one chip for life” is that UC Berkeley has opened a new ee194 / 290C “28nm SOC for IOT” since the spring of 2017. The goal is to design a SoC chip and integrate various IP modules, including a risc-v rocket processor core developed by Berkeley. This course is aimed at making films. In the spring of 2017, nine undergraduates and one graduate student participated in the course. The course was filmed in one semester, but no information was provided to prove that the chip can work normally.

at present, these five students are participating in another more challenging project to develop a high-performance disordered multi emission risc-v processor core.

Bao Yungang told the story behind the plan in Zhihu Q & A: “the average age of this team is only 23.1 years old without the three middle-aged people over 40 years old, Cai ye, Tang Dan and I. However, their combat effectiveness is amazing – in less than three weeks, the design and implementation of mainstream water line of disordered processor was completed from scratch, and through Cor Emark test. By the time they are 30 years old, they will be veterans of processor chip and computer system design

By ibmwl