AMD has recently revealed its latest selection of corporate fellows, which includes highly distinguished veterans in the hardware and industry sectors. Among them is the brilliant mind responsible for Intel’s recent Alchemist GPU architecture, a significant addition to AMD’s team of experts.
AMD has announced adding two renowned technical experts to its team. These additions bring a wealth of industry experience and specialized skills to AMD. David Blythe, a distinguished graphics architect with over thirty years of experience, recently joined AMD in November 2022. Blythe’s previous role was as the lead GPU architect at Intel, where he significantly contributed to creating influential graphics APIs such as DirectX 10 and 11 and OpenGL ES.
Meanwhile, Kalyanasundharam, who has been with AMD for over two decades, is an expert in modular design and interconnect technology. He led the architecture and design of AMD’s Infinity Fabric and was a board member for the CXL and UCIe consortiums. Kalyanasundharam’s contributions as a coherent interconnect architect for the Frontier supercomputer, which is currently the world’s fastest and the industry’s first exascale supercomputer, were also instrumental.
The appointment of these two industry experts showcases AMD’s commitment to advancing semiconductor innovation and attracting top talent to its team.
Ben Sander, an expert in multiple domains, such as architecture and machine learning, has been with AMD for 28 years. His present focus is on advanced architecture and software performance. Sander played a crucial role in shaping the architecture of AMD Opteron CPUs and was one of the co-founders of the Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) project.
This initiative provides an open software platform to researchers, allowing them to utilize the AMD Instinct accelerators’ power to facilitate scientific breakthroughs. These latest additions to AMD’s team of experts showcase the company’s dedication to attracting and retaining top talent and driving semiconductor innovation forward.
Ralph Wittig, a seasoned computer architect with over 25 years of experience at Xilinx, has recently joined AMD’s team of technical leaders. With his vast knowledge and expertise in these fields, Wittig is an invaluable addition to AMD’s team. It will help the company advance its AI and machine learning technology capabilities.
Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer and executive vice president of Technology and Engineering at AMD expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment of David Blythe, Nathan Kalyanasundharam, Suresh Ramalingam, Ben Sander, and Ralph Wittig as AMD Corporate Fellows. He acknowledged their impressive engineering contributions that have had a lasting impact on the industry.
According to Papermaster, these appointments will enable AMD to innovate in new and exciting ways, allowing the company to achieve significant breakthroughs in high-performance computing over the next decade. By leveraging the expertise and knowledge of these accomplished individuals, AMD can further solidify its position as a leading provider of cutting-edge computing technology.
The AMD Corporate Fellow is a prestigious recognition reserved for AMD’s most accomplished and distinguished innovators. To be considered for this honor, a candidate must undergo a rigorous review process that evaluates their specific technical contributions to the company and their involvement in the industry, ability to mentor others, and overall strategic impact on the company’s long-term goals.
Currently, only 13 engineers at AMD hold the esteemed title of Corporate Fellow, underscoring the exclusivity of this distinction. Being appointed a Corporate Fellow reflects an individual’s exceptional engineering expertise and significant contributions to advancing AMD’s position as a leading provider of cutting-edge computing technology.