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Those seeking a strong foundation in IT audit knowledge and hands-on experience to set themselves apart as they seek audit jobs can now earn the new ISACA IT Audit Fundamentals Certificate from ISACA, the global professional association for digital trust professionals.
ISACA’s IT Audit Fundamentals Certificate program offers valuable knowledge and performance-based hybrid learning that will empower early professionals and those looking to change careers to IT audit to gain insight into the principles of IT audit and the opportunity to build a foundation of knowledge and skill to be a successful IT auditor.
“ISACA is a career partner for professionals at every level of their careers, including those just getting started or those looking to switch careers,” said Shannon Donahue, Senior Vice President of Publishing at ISACA. “IT audit is truly a rewarding career field with incredible opportunity. But there are currently few resources available that prepare rising professionals or career changers for IT audit. The ISACA IT Audit Fundamentals Certificate does not require any prior experience and fills this gap. The certificate is a solid first step that sets early auditors apart in the talent search and puts them on a path to a rewarding career.”
Per Salary.com, entry-level auditor salaries can range from $57,000 to $78,000 in the US, and nearly 14,000 jobs on Indeed.com currently include IT audit in the job descriptions or titles.
The IT Audit Fundamentals Certificate helps prepare candidates for these career opportunities by demonstrating foundational-level knowledge. The certificate’s content areas include performing an audit, IT general controls, and specific audit areas such as networking, operating systems, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and the internet of things (IoT).
The IT Audit Fundamentals Certificate exam can be taken online at a convenient time. exam preparation materials include a study guide, available now, and an online course, which is coming soon.
This new certificate joins an established set of ISACA credentials, including the Certified Information Systems Auditor ( CISA ) certification, recognized worldwide as the gold standard for IT auditors.
For more information about ISACA’s IT Audit Fundamentals Certificate, visit www.isaca.org/credentialing/it-audit-fundamentals-certificate. More details about ISACA’s other credentials can be found at www.isaca.org/credentialing.
ISACA ® ( www.isaca.org ) is a global community advancing individuals and organizations in their pursuit of digital trust. For more than 50 years, ISACA has equipped individuals and enterprises with the knowledge, credentials, education, training and community to progress their careers, transform their organizations, and build a more trusted and ethical digital world. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organization that leverages the expertise of its more than 165,000 members who work in digital trust fields such as information security, governance, assurance, risk, privacy and quality. It has a presence in 188 countries, including 225 chapters worldwide. Through its foundation One In Tech, ISACA supports IT education and career pathways for underresourced and underrepresented populations.
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Preble Hall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Credit: Courtesy of University of Maine at Presque Isle
Preble Hall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Credit: Courtesy of University of Maine at Presque Isle
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will be piloting a new program this fall that provides students with hands-on, professor-guided research during their very first year of college. UMPI’s Research Learning Experience program includes a 3-day bridge experience Aug.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The University of Maine at Presque Isle will be piloting a new program this fall that provides students with hands-on, professor-guided research during their very first year of college. UMPI’s Research Learning Experience program includes a 3-day bridge experience Aug. 24-26, just before orientation begins, as well as 15 hours of coursework that will be completed during the fall semester.
First-year students interested in this opportunity — which includes free room and board for the 3-day bridge experience — are encouraged to sign up at www.umpi.edu/compass/RLE.
“We’re excited to be piloting this program,” UMPI Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Jason Johnston said. Johnston is leading RLE program efforts on campus. “Our Research Learning Experience will supply first-year students a taste of what research is like and allow them to create new knowledge in their area of interest. These courses are not about lectures or reading textbooks: students will develop research questions, collect data, and report their conclusions. It’s a great way to kick off their fall semester.”
UMPI’s RLE program is part of the University of Maine System RLE initiative, which is supported by a generous donation from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The one-credit courses at UMPI provide a unique opportunity for students to come to campus early, meet friends and connect with upper class peer mentors, and take part in hands-on research. Room and board is free for the 3-day bridge experience. For those opting to participate in a virtual RLE, meal gift cards will be provided to participating students.
UMPI students can select from among five offerings: four on-campus options — food insecurity, greenhouse food production, environmental resources, and data science programming — and one virtual option focused on understanding political extremism.
“Working to Achieve Zero Hunger – A Research Learning Experience on Food Insecurity” will be taught by Shannon Sleeper and Teri StPierre. In this course, students will conduct research on food insecurity on a global, national, and local level and develop strategies to achieve zero hunger. Through local community engagement, students will develop skills in research design, statistics, and communication.
“Climate Change, Energy, and Critical Mineral Resources will be taught by Dr. Chunzeng Wang. Students will evaluate relationships among energy consumption, environmental hazards, new technologies, and sustainability. They will survey the scientific literature and conduct field work at local renewable energy facilities and mineral resource sites. The course includes one Friday afternoon field trip and one Saturday all-day field trip.
“Optimizing Greenhouse Production” will be taught by Dr. Larry Feinstein. This course will provide basic information regarding plant nutritional needs, soil properties, and fertilizer sources that could be used to optimize yields of produce. Fertilizer sources will include chemical and a variety of compost tea infusions that students make and test. Students will develop hypotheses and growing trial conditions to test how different fertilizer sources influence yields of greenhouse produce.
“Data Science Programming Experience” will be taught by Mark Royer. In this course, students will work through technical programming problems that arise when working with real-world, scientific data. To start, students will consult biologists or environmental scientists to determine a domain-specific data set to investigate for the semester. By course conclusion, students will gain experience with programming techniques for data analysis and data visualization.
The online RLE course “Understanding and Responding to Violent Extremism and Terrorism” will be taught by Dr. Brent Andersen. This course will examine the origins, manifestations, and consequences of political extremism, violence, and terrorism, using selected examples both from within the U.S. and around the globe. Students will employ research tools that scholars use to investigate these threats and the conditions which produce them, including opinion surveys, interviews, covert observation, and content analysis.
“The syllabus are varied and the opportunities for hands-on research activities are many. Students should sign up by Aug. 19 to ensure their preferred course option as spots are on a first-come, first-served basis,” Dr. Johnston said. “We’d encourage all of our first-year students to take advantage of this opportunity.”
To learn more about UMPI’s RLE program or to sign up, visit the RLE webpage.
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The company appears well positioned to challenge CPU incumbents with high performance RISC-V CPUs and Vector Extensions to the open ISA architecture.
The RISC-V CPU Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) is emerging as a serious challenger to current CPUs based on proprietary architectures, creating new opportunities for chip designers and investors alike. While RISC-V first gained traction in the low-end embedded market, where the open ISA model afforded more cost-effective designs, RISC-V is now getting more wind in its sails due to performance and power efficiency, especially with vector enhancements. Behind all the RISC-V buzz, SiFive is the company that makes many of the innovations of the open-source CPU architecture available and so appealing.
In addition to open-source and computing efficiency, RISC-V now offers a well-designed, highly efficient vector processing extension which can enable significant acceleration in applications where large data sets need to be manipulated in parallel. We have published a research paper that dives more deeply into the advantages Vector extensions offer. This note explores the company’s role and directions.
Silicon Valley startup SiFive has assumed the role of industry leadership and commercial IP innovation for the RISC-V movement, providing tested Intellectual Property (IP) and support for chip developers who incorporate RISC-V into their products.
RISC-V portends to offer an alternative to proprietary processor cores in a user-friendly licensing and development environment. The raw performance of the latest SiFive RISC-V implementation is rapidly closing the gap, but with lower power and smaller die area, and with no lock-in to a closed architecture. SiFive is further enhancing its portfolio with vector processing extensions that clearly differentiate the ISA from any other architecture.
SiFive is essentially the most visible and accomplished commercial steward of RISC-V, providing validated IP and support as well as open and proprietary enhancements to the RISC-V development community. With this open-standard approach and dependable IP, SiFive has garnered over 300 design wins with over 100 firms, including 8 of the top 10 semiconductor companies. With the addition of vector processing, we expect this trend to accelerate.
In September 2020, SiFive announced it had hired CEO Patrick Little as the new President, CEO, and Chairman. Coming from Qualcomm where he led the company’s successful foray into the automotive sector, Mr. Little has sharpened the company’s business model on developing and licensing IP, selling the SiFive’s OpenFive SoC design business to AlphaWave for $210 million. The company subsequently raised $175 million in a Series F funding round at a $2.5 billion post-money valuation. The latest round brings SiFive's total venture funding to over $350 million and was led by global investment firm Coatue Management LLC. Existing investors Intel Capital, Sutter Hill, and some others joined this latest round.
In today’s heterogeneous world of Domain-Specific Processors, parallel processing of large data sets is a critical adjunct to scalar processing. While accelerators such as GPU’s and ASICs provide some incremental performance, they come at significant cost and generally require connectivity to CPU’s along with the cost of data transfers from the CPU to and from the accelerator. And each accelerator requires its own distinct programming model. Now with RISC-V, general vector processing in the CPU cores offers an alternative approach.
Vector processing, where instructions manipulate data across a large dataset of numbers, has been a foundation of high-performance computing since the Cray 1 supercomputer in 1975. RISC-V Vector extensions (RVV) enables RISC-V cores to process data arrays alongside traditional scalar operations to parallelize the computation of single instruction streams on large data sets. SiFive helped establish RVV as a part of the RISC-V standard and has now extended the concept in two dimensions.
Figure 2: The SiFive extensions to the RISC-V vector capabilities can dramatically increase performance and efficiency.
The SiFive Intelligence Extensions add new operations such as matmuls for INT8, BF16 converts and compute operations, and enable vector instructions to operate on a broad range of AI/ML data types, including BFLOAT16. The SiFive Intelligence Extensions also add support for TensorFlow Lite for Machine Learning models, reducing the cost to port AI models to SiFive based designs.
In a world of increasing heterogeneity, there is a large opportunity to help SoC and System-on-Package (SoP) designers build tightly integrated solutions. The SiFive Vector Coprocessor Interface Extension (VCIX) is a direct interface between the X280 and a custom accelerator, enabling parallel instructions to be executed on the accelerator directly from the scalar pipeline. The custom instructions are executed from the standard software flow, utilizing the vector pipeline, and can access the full vector register set.
The SiFive product portfolio is structured into three clearly differentiated product lines: the 32/64 bit Essential products (2-, 6-, and 7-Series) for embedded control/Linux applications, the SiFive Performance Series (the P200 and P500/P600 families) for high efficiency and higher performance, and the SiFive Intelligence Series (the X200 family) for parallelizable workloads such as Machine Learning at the edge and in data centers.
To capitalize on its advantage in vector processing, SiFive has built its vector capabilities into both the Performance P270 and the Intelligence X280 processors.
SiFive X280 has already been adopted by several companies of note, including a Tier 1 semiconductor company and a US Federal Agency for a strategic initiative in the aerospace and defence sector. Another customer has selected the X280 for projects for its mobile devices and data center AI products. Similarly, a US company delivering autonomous self-driving platforms has selected the X280 for its next generation SoC. Of these opportunities, the last two could generate significant volumes, while the 1st could open more doors in the government sector.
On the startup front, we have already seen a number of SoC developers publicly announce their adoption of SiFive including Tenstorrent and Kinara (formerly known as DeepVision). Many are developing SoCs for AI acceleration, leveraging the vector processing of the X280 and complementing that with custom AI blocks. Tenstorrent tells us they are getting great support and that the cores are rock solid.
For AI applications, SiFive supports an Out-of-the-box software and processor hardware solution with TensorFlow Lite running under Linux OS to run NN models in the Object detention, Image Classification, Segmentation, Text, and Speech domains. Existing models can be run with little porting effort with a broad range of optimized NN operators in both 32-bit Float and Quantized 8-bit precisions.
From our perspective, we believe that parallel processing is transitioning from the tool of a few to the norm for many applications, especially as AI and Machine Learning become pervasive. And as Moore’s Law provides ever-diminishing returns, application developers still require more performance and Vector processing can provide the avenue for both higher levels of performance and better power efficiency especially with RISC-V. We see opportunities for RISC-V vector processing in multiple application domains including smart homes, telco, mobile devices, autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, robotic control, and health care. The simplicity and elegance of RVV and the performance gains are powerful selling points.
Figure 5: The X280 processor supports a wide range of use cases.
We are impressed by the progress that RISC-V and SiFive has made in the last few years. The new product line positioning makes a ton of sense, the processors are beefier, the software stack is getting much better and the vector extensions are impressive, both the open source RVV and the AI extensions the company has included in the Intelligence Series X280. The CPUs are relatively high performance with excellent scalability and power efficiency due to the simplicity that stems from the efficient RISC-V ISA and clever extensions. SiFive has also recently disclosed the intention of releasing an even higher performance P600 Series class Out-of-Order core with RISC-V vector compute in the near future.
Finally, the commitment to and leverage of the open-source community is perhaps RISC-V and SiFive’s most important value they can offer as an alternative to Arm, especially for designers looking to build SoC solutions for Domain-Specific Architectures.