TECH SUPPLIER Jan 2019 - Market Note - Doc # US44763919

Western Digital's SweRV Represents a Strategic Milestone for Data-Intensive Computing and Infrastructure Composability

By: Eric BurgenerResearch Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, Mario MoralesProgram Vice President, Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors, Peter RuttenResearch Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group


This IDC Market Note reviews Western Digital's December 2018 announcement of SweRV, an open source RISC-V core, along with several related tools and technologies. The document discusses the announcement's key implications for the information technology (IT) infrastructure markets.

"Two of the technologies that will have the largest impact on the IT industry over the next five years are artificial intelligence/machine learning and infrastructure composability," said Eric Burgener, research vice president of IDC's Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies Group. "The RISC-V community is working to foster open source foundation technologies that will help unlock market innovation to move both of these forward, and Western Digital's SweRV announcement gives a strong boost to those efforts."



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