Intel's Lead GPU Architect Amongst The List of Industry Veterans To Join AMD's Corporate Fellows List
Press Release: AMD today announced the appointment of five technical leaders to the role of AMD Corporate Fellow. These appointments recognize each leader’s significant impact on semiconductor innovation across various areas, from graphics architecture to advanced packaging.
- David Blythe: A widely respected graphics architect with over three decades of industry experience. Blythe joined AMD in November 2022 after spending 13 years at Intel, most recently as its lead GPU architect. He architected several of the industry’s most consequential graphics APIs for PCs, clients, workstations, and mobile phones, including DirectX 10 and 11 and OpenGL ES.
- Nathan Kalyanasundharam: A modular design and interconnect expert who led the architecture and design of AMD Infinity Fabric. With AMD for more than 20 years, Kalyanasundharam is a board member for the CXL and UCIe consortiums. He also played an integral role as a coherent interconnect architect for the Frontier supercomputer, which is currently the world’s fastest supercomputer and the industry’s first exascale supercomputer.
- Suresh Ramalingam: An accomplished leader in heterogeneous integrations and advanced packaging techniques. With Xilinx for nearly 20 years, Ramalingam has over two decades of cross-sector experience and holds 40 patents. He is currently focused on 2.5D and 3D packaging technology for next-generation AMD products.
- Ben Sander: A 28-year AMD veteran with technical knowledge in various subjects from architectures to machine learning, Sander is focused on software performance and advanced architecture. In addition to developing the architecture for AMD Opteron CPUs, he co-founded the Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) project, an open software platform allowing researchers to tap the power of AMD Instinct accelerators to drive scientific discoveries.
- Ralph Wittig: A computer architect with Xilinx for more than 25 years. Having led the R&D work that formed the foundation for the company’s inference processor fabric AI Engines and machine learning software flow Vitis AI, Wittig is an AI and Machine Learning expert. He is actively involved in the semiconductor industry, serving as a steering committee member for Hot Chips and a guest editor at IEEE Micro.
“David, Nathan, Suresh, Ben, and Ralph – whose engineering contributions have already left an indelible mark on our industry – represent the best of our innovation culture,” said Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer and executive vice president of Technology and Engineering at AMD. “Their appointments to Corporate Fellow will enable AMD to innovate in new dimensions as we work to deliver the most significant breakthroughs in high-performance computing in the decade ahead.”
Appointment to AMD Corporate Fellow is an honor bestowed on the most accomplished AMD innovators. AMD Corporate Fellows are appointed after a rigorous review process that assesses not only specific technical contributions to the company but also involvement in the industry, mentoring others, and improving the long-term strategic position of the company. Currently, only 13 engineers at AMD hold the title of Corporate Fellow.
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